UPDATE 9:00 p.m. – Friday night, at a news conference over Zoom, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor confirmed the Russell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide. Taylor said the investigation began after a man’s body was found in a creek in Hatchechubbee, an unincorporated community in Russell County.
Sheriff Taylor said the body is believed to that of Anthony Wilborn. The 39-year-old man has been missing for more than a week.
Police began investigating Wilborn’s disappearance on Oct. 21, after his truck was found abandoned in the area of Lonesome Pine Road, near Chatman Road. When the truck was found, it was parked on the roadway, with its hood up and the motor running.
Police said they believe foul play is involved in Wilborn’s disappearance. Sheriff Taylor said there appeared to have been a struggle at the scene where Wilborn’s truck was found.
The area where the body was found is around a 20-25 minute drive from where the truck was found.
The body was discovered at around 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. A report was made by a citizen who noticed a foul odor and followed the smell, locating the body in the creek, according to Sheriff Taylor.
According to Sheriff Taylor, a cause of death cannot be determined at this time, due to the state of decomposition. Sheriff Taylor says the body was in the water for an extended period of time.
The body will be sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for an autopsy and official identification.
At this time, there are no persons of interest or suspects in the case. Anyone with information should call Phenix City Police at (334) 298-0611 or (334) 448-2837.
HATCHECHUBBEE, Ala. (WRBL) – Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor has confirmed that a homicide investigation is underway after a body was found in Hatchechubbee.
Sheriff Taylor says the body is believed to be that of missing Phenix City man, Anthony Welborn.
Sheriff Taylor will hold a press conference this evening via Zoom.
Stay with News 3 as we bring you more on this developing story.