Body Found in Macon County Forest

Just before 1:00 Sunday afternoon, authorities were alerted to a gruesome discovery.

"A body had been found at the fishing ponds at the Tuskegee National Forest," explained Jorge Hersel of the US Forest Service.

A group came across the remains of a white male lying in the woods, just off the beaten path of a nearby trail.

"People who were riding some vehicles happened to see it. [They] went to the shooting range just down the road, where they knew some off-duty Montgomery Police officers were shooting," Hersel said.

Sources tell WSFA 12 News those officers called 911. Macon County Sheriff's deputies, the US Forest Service, and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation responded.

They closed the access road for hours while investigators poured in and out of the crime scene.

Hours later, a vehicle emerged from the woods atop a wrecker: a silver SUV with Auburn University stickers on the front and back.

The car also contained what appeared to be a parking pass hanging from the rear view mirror.

Authorities say at this point, it's too soon to come to any conclusions about the victim or the nature of his death.

"At this time, we really don't have much in the way of details," Hersel said.

ABI has taken over the investigation.  There is no word yet on whether or not the victim was a student at Auburn University.

Authorities are not releasing the name of the victim at this time.

Reported by:  Cody Holyoke