Body found by hunter in woods near Selma identified as missing teen

Published: Nov. 3, 2016 at 3:05 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2016 at 8:36 PM CDT
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SELMA, AL (WSFA) - Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson is releasing the name of the teen whose body was found Thursday.

Jackson said the body, found in the woods off of River Road, is that of Derrick Nichols. The teen's family has been notified.

Details remain limited, but authorities confirmed Thursday that a hunter found the decomposing body near Highway 140 off the Selma bypass.

Dallas County Coroner Alan Dailey estimated Nichols' body has been there for approximately five days, but no cause of death has been released.

"The remains are decomposed, not skeletal; working on that theory, it's been less than 4 or 5 days he'd been back there," Dailey said Thursday.

Investigators canvased the area, looking for clues as to how the body ended up there. They even used a high-tech drone to get a bird's eye view of the scene.

"It gives us a perspective on what we can see from the air that we can't see on the ground level," said Selma Police Chief John Brock.

A family came to the scene Thursday afternoon, believing the body may be that of their loved one. Major Irvey said his 18-year-old nephew, Derrick Nichols, has been missing since Oct. 28.

"Well, I got a feeling it's him," Irvey said at the time. "Because, by the way, he'd been missing; prolly [sic] went to his friend's house but they claimed they haven't seen him."

Nichols' body has been transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for an autopsy.

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