Answers still sought in Montgomery County homicide investigation

(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Nearly two weeks have passed since Brandon Burton's body was found out on a dirt road in Montgomery county. Details are still very limited as investigators continue to piece together what happened.

"It's kinda hard when you're in Montgomery and you're trying to follow up on leads in another county," said Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham.

Investigators believe Burton was murdered outside of the county.

The 34-year-old was from Opelika.

Sheriff Derrick Cunningham says at this point his team is calling upon other agencies including Lee County Sheriff's Office and ALEA to help solve this case.

"You got to rely on investigators and people in those other counties to help you with nicknames, who he is affiliated with, and things of this nature," explained Cunningham. "It can be solved. It's time consuming when you're here and you're trying to solve something in another county."

The sheriff tells WSFA 12 News Burton was with his family late Saturday, Feb. 25, evening and by 1 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, morning his body was found stuffed inside the trunk of a car on Elwood drive, a dirt road in Pike Road. It's believed the car was only out there for about 30 minutes or less before a resident called in about an abandoned vehicle. Cunningham says it was Burton's girlfriend's car. According to Cunningham, the two lived together and she is not believed to be a suspect.

"We're working this case for the family. We're here to tell the story for the family. But what's important is for viewers to be able to tell that story to us," claimed Cunningham.

He is confident they will find the murderer but he says he does need your help cracking the case.

"This is a person's life. I think we owe it to the family to bring closure, we owe it to the family to be able to let them know just what took place," said Cunningham. "Yes, anytime that we can be able to reach out to the viewers and say, 'hey look, if you happened to see anything, it may be small to you, but it's large to us.' So, we want that information."

We've learned that Burton is no stranger to law enforcement. He faced burglary, theft, assault, and unlawful imprisonment charges. The cases have not gone to trial.

If you have any helpful information, you are urged to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office either over the phone or by submitting an anonymous tip through the office's mobile app.

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