ADGER, Ala. (WIAT) — The body of Stephen Hutcheson has been found in a wooded area near Adger.
The body was discovered this afternoon near the intersection of Lock 17 Road and Groundhog Road around 4 p.m.. Deputies had responded to the area after a suspicious vehicle call. When they arrived they found the 2005 Dodge Stratus with Hutcheson inside. He appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The car had been at the location for several days.
Hutcheson was wanted on four warrants charging him with capital murder in the shooting deaths of his wife and two children. Their bodies were found June 28 in the home the family shared on Coleman Lake Road in McCalla.
Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale released a statement late Sunday afternoon. “”We have had a team on this around the clock from the initial call until what appears to now be the conclusion of this investigation. It’s been gut wrenching for all involved. The person responsible for this senseless, brutal case will answer for it in a much higher court than we could have offered”.
Chief Deputy Randy Christian added, “I suppose all things considered this is the ending we expected. It’s the end of a tragic and sad case that shook us, a family and a community to the core. He took the answers to why and how this could happen with him. God bless and comfort those left behind to grieve, suffer and struggle with how someone could be capable of such evil”.
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