Sheriff’s Office assisting Brighton PD with death investigation

BRIGHTON, Ala. (WIAT) — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says they are helping Brighton PD with a death investigation on Main St.

The crime scene centers around an abandoned, burned-out house in the 5400 block of Main Street, where Brighton’s interim Chief of Police, Ray Hubbart said a man’s decomposing body was found inside.

According to Hubbart, a neighbor called police around 11:50 a.m. Thursday.

Hubbart said the body looked like it had been in the house for days, which will make it difficult to identify.

The Jefferson County Coroner is working to determine the cause of death. Hubbart said the body didn’t have any wounds that were immediately visible.

He was unsure whether foul play was involved, but said this incident underscores the dangers of dilapidated, abandoned homes.

“It’s a haven for criminal activity and illegal activities that go on, and they need to be torn down,” Hubbart said. “Something needs to be done about these burned out, abandoned houses.”

Hubbart said there have been no previous reports of crime or suspicious activities from the house.

Neighbors, who said they did not call police Thursday, told CBS 42 that they’ve never seen anything suspicious happen at the abandoned house, which they said sat untouched since it burned several years ago.

“That was just right across the street,” said Lakeira Lowe, who has lived in the neighborhood for 13 years. “Not even knowing that a body has even been over there — I haven’t smelt anything — none of that. I ain’t seen nobody go over there. I had no clue. That’s just scary.”

Hubbart said there have not been any recent missing person reports filed in Brighton.

 

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