Two persons of interest interviewed in connection with east Alabama death investigation

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October 02 2021 06:00 pm

CLAY COUNTY, Ala (WIAT) — The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 73-year-old woman after ‘suspicious circumstances’ and deputies are asking for the public’s help.

Deputies received a call at 12:19 p.m. Friday and soon arrived at the 70000 block of Highway 9. When they arrived, they talked to a family member who discovered the body of Goodwater resident Sarah Kelley, 73.

Kelley’s vehicle was missing, but was later located and the driver of the stolen vehicle was taken into custody in the Warrior area of Jefferson County, according to investigators. That person’s name has not been released, but it is believed he knew Kelley. He’s been charged with receiving stolen property, according to Clay County Investigator Trent Adams

“One person that we have for sure involved in this, we do believe there is a connection between that person and the victim in this case, that they may have known each other prior to this incident,” said Adams.

According to Adams, Kelley’s vehicle had a tracking system and they were able to put out an alert to other agencies after learning it was missing.

“Using Facebook live videos and that tracking system, we’ve been able to put two other individuals in the vehicle with the subject who has already been taken into custody. So we are in desperate need of identifying those two individuals and trying to get names for them. We have reason to believe they may be from the Lewisville Tennessee area,” said Adams.

Kelley’s body has been sent off for an autopsy to determine a cause of death, though deputies said there are suspicious circumstances.

She was well known in the community.

“Through the information we gathered, she did live alone. She was a lady, just fun loving, seemed to really enjoy her life. Well known in the community, very involved in her church, nothing but positive that we have heard about her. A lot of people are really upset,” said Adams.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office were able to identify and locate two individuals that were sought for information. They conducted interviews with the men at their residences in Tennessee. Both individuals cooperated and are no longer considered suspects, authorities say.

If anyone has any information pertaining to this case, please contact the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at 256-354-2176.

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