Macon Co. murder victim identified

MACON CO., AL (WSFA) - Investigators released the name of Macon County's first murder victim of 2009.

John Daniel Ray, 26, of Jackson's Gap was shot once in the chest and may possibly have been beaten.

For the better part of Wednesday morning, scores of ABI agents along with investigators from the Macon County Sheriff's Office staked out their ground around a mobile home at County Road 12 and state highway 199.

Ray's body was not found at the trailer, however, investigators say he a passing motorist spotted the body off County Road 12, not far from the mobile home.

It's still not clear why homicide detectives were checking out the mobile home. The Macon County Sheriff's Office says it's raided the home around ten times for drugs in the past, but that does not necessarily suggest there is any connection between the mobile home and the victim.

Also, a white car behind the trailer was swept for potential evidence. No one's been arrested so far.

Tonight on WSFA 12 News at 6:00pm we'll talk with the victim's mother.