COLUMBIANA, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (x4): The car of a missing Shelby County teenager was discovered Saturday morning in a densely wooded area off County Road 315 in unincorporated Shelby County. Authorities also discovered a body nearby.
Investigators were in the area following leads in the disappearance of 18-year-old Haleigh Green when they found what appeared to be a red Ford Mustang. They were able to determine that the car belonged to Green. As they began searching the area around the car, a body was discovered nearby.
In a statement released late Saturday afternoon, Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego said the positive identification of the body, and the cause of death, are pending review by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.
He added, “This afternoon, I met with Haleigh’s parents. I ask that you join me in lifting up the Green family during this difficult time.”
Haleigh’s mother, Shevelle Bivins, told WIAT42 News Saturday she prayed for the best, but always feared this was a possibility.
Haleigh Green was last seen Monday morning near Columbiana. She did not show up to class at Lawson State Community College later in the day.
A GoFundMe has been set up for Haleigh’s family.
UPDATE(X3): The red Ford Mustang belonging to Haleigh Green was recovered by police the morning of July 11 in the area of Highway 315.
The Mustang was discovered in a heavily wooded area, and in the near vicinity of the recovered car, a deceased body was discovered as well. Investigators are awaiting positive identification of the body.
UPDATE(X2): The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office released a video Thursday on their Facebook page.
Sheriff John Samaniego said in the video:
I’m asking for your help locating this young lady, Haleigh Green. Since Monday evening, our agency has worked diligently to develop leads and follow up on every tip received from the public. Our investigators are in contact with friends, family and acquaintances who are all cooperating at this time. Investigators are using all available resources in an effort to locate Haleigh. According to family, Haleigh was last seen at their home on Egg and Butter Road in Columbiana, Alabama, and left driving a 2003 red Ford Mustang with preexisting damage to the front windshield. License plate on the Mustang is 58AT760. I’m asking for anyone with information pertaing to Haleigh Green’s whereabouts to please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 205-669-4181, or call the Sheriff’s Office Secret Witness Line at 205-669-9116. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777, and we even have the ability for you to leave an anonymous tip on our website at www.shelbyso.com. Thank you.
View the video here:
Sheriff John Samaniego is requesting help from the public in seeking information on Haleigh Green’s whereabouts.Posted by Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, July 9, 2015
Update: Lawson State Community College issued a statement on Wednesday, saying:
Haleigh Green, 18 years old and graduate of Shelby County High School, registered at Lawson State Community College as a non-resident freshman student majoring in general studies. She pre-registered for 10 hours of classes for the 2015 summer semester. She is also a prospective volleyball player for the fall.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time as we join them in wishes for Hayleigh’s safe return.
Original: 18-year-old Haleigh Green of Shelby County is missing according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Green, a student at Lawson State Community College, was last seen in the area of Egg and Butter Road in Columbiana on Monday, July 6.
Green did not attend class at Lawson State on Monday or Tuesday as scheduled.
The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information on Green’s whereabouts to contact the Investigations Division at 205-669-4181.
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