SHELBY COUNTY, Ala.— UPDATE: Shelby County deputies have identified a suspect in the case of Haleigh Green. A name has not been released, as Shelby County deputies are still working with the department of forensic sciences on a positive identification of the body.
ORIGINAL: The car of a missing Shelby County teenager was discovered Saturday morning in a densely wooded area off County Road 315 in unincorporated Shelby County. Authorities also discovered a body nearby.
Investigators were in the area following leads in the disappearance of 18-year-old Haleigh Green when they found what appeared to be a red Ford Mustang. They were able to determine that the car belonged to Green. As they began searching the area around the car, a body was discovered nearby.
In a statement released late Saturday afternoon, Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego said the positive identification of the body, and the cause of death, are pending review by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.
He added, “This afternoon, I met with Haleigh’s parents. I ask that you join me in lifting up the Green family during this difficult time.”
Haleigh’s mother, Shevelle Green, told WIAT42 News Saturday she prayed for the best, but always feared this was a possibility.
Haleigh Green was last seen Monday morning near Columbiana. She did not show up to class at Lawson State Community College later in the day.
We will have more with the family, and the investigation, online and on WIAT42 News at 10 p.m.