UPDATE 11/10/23 11:41 a.m.: Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor provided additional details on this case during a news conference on Friday morning.

Sheriff Taylor says there is strong evidence missing woman, Michelle Hough, is not alive. Suspect Kenneth Lawhorn is now being charged with capital murder.

District Court Judge Walt Gray held Lawhorn’s initial hearing on Friday morning. He was ordered held without bond on the capital murder charge.

Sheriff Taylor confirmed during the press conference Lawhorn knew the victim, but the extent of the relationship is not yet known.

This is remains a developing story. WRBL will share additional information as it becomes available.

SEALE, Ala. (WRBL) — The Russell County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man on arson and theft charges after the SUV of a missing woman was found burnt on Carver Road.

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor confirmed to WRBL Kenneth Lawhorn, 58, is a suspect and person of interest in the case of Michelle Hough, who went missing on Sunday.

Lawhorn is being charged with arson of a vehicle and theft of a motor vehicle in the first degree. He is currently being held at Russell County Jail.

WRBL will keep you updated.