Millbrook PD investigating after decomposed body found in pond

Published: Aug. 25, 2016 at 11:17 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2016 at 2:08 AM CDT
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MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) - The Millbrook Police Department has confirmed that a decomposed body, which appears to be that of an adult male, was found in a pond on Thursday.

Investigators from the Millbrook PD's Criminal Investigation Unit, with the assistance of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's Aviation Unit, spotted the remains in a pond located in the area of Valleybrook Drive and Cobbs Ford Road.

Authorities were able to get to the scene on foot and processed the scene and body for evidence. The body had reportedly been submerged in the pond until recently.

Authorities recovered the body and turned it over to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for identification.

According to Millbrook PD, the body could possibly be that of a 44-year-old man who was reported missing on June 6.

Police say Carl Eric Cogdell was last seen on June 3 leaving his residence in the 3200 block of Cobbs Ford Road. Attempts made to locate Cogdell since he was reported missing have been unsuccessful, and there have been no reported sightings of him.

"At this point in our investigation, it's way too early to say this is Mr. Cogdell, definitively," said Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson. "Due to decomposition of the body, it's impossible for us, as law enforcement, to positively identify the body as that of our missing person. Due to the appearance that the body appears to be that of an adult male, the proximity of the body's location to the missing person's residence, along with several other factors that I will not comment on at this time, we have strong reason to believe that this could be the remains of Mr. Cogdell. We have notified his family of this development. At this point, we must wait on the Alabama Department of Forensics to positively identify the remains. We are extremely grateful to the ALEA Aviation Unit for their assistance in this case. They are an outstanding resource for law enforcement throughout our state."

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