2 arrested for murder in missing person case

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Two men are charged with murder in the death of a missing man from Hartselle, Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry announced Tuesday.

22-year-old Daniel Ray Osborn II was reported missing in February. 

Monday, Osborn’s body was discovered in the Fairview community in Cullman County, according to investigators.

“Anytime that you have a child that’s missing you want closure, you want justice and as law enforcement officers, that’s what we’re about,” said Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry.

Cullman County investigators have been working with police in Hartselle.

Gentry said they developed information Monday that led to the discovery of the body.

Tyler Stephen Hudson, 20, and Andrew Jacob Maresh, 19, were both charged with murder.

Citing the ongoing investigation, Gentry declined to release specifics about what led deputies to the body, how Osborn died, or a possible motive.

The victim and suspects knew each other, Gentry said.

“They had a mutual relationship with each other as friends and they knew each other from a small amount of time,” said Gentry.

Tuesday, investigators were back at the scene where the body was buried. Neighbor Joe Williams told CBS 42 he watched authorities excavate Monday. Deputies were seen using metal detectors near the property Tuesday.

“It’s pretty shocking, a lot of people just can’t get over the belief of it,” said Williams.

Williams doesn’t know Osborn, but said he previously saw him with Hudson and Maresh. Williams has known both suspects for years and said the body was found on property that belonged to one of the suspect’s families.

“It’s kind of heartbreaking because I’ve known the boys for a long time and they was never nothing wrong with them, they just seemed like good old boys,” said Williams.

Gentry said investigators believe the crime took place in Cullman County. Additional charges are possible depending on the outcome of the investigation.

Hudson and Maresh are in the Cullman County Detention Center without bond.

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