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Authorities: Cedar Bluff man faces murder charge after body parts found along road

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Terry Lee McKinney

Terry Lee McKinney

A man in a wheelchair faces a murder charge after Cherokee County, Alabama, authorities found severed body parts along a county road, sheriff’s officials said.

Authorities say they arrested Terry Lee McKinney, 63, of Cedar Bluff, on Sunday for the murder of an unidentified person. McKinney remained Monday night in the Cherokee County Detention Center without bond.

According to Sheriff Jeff Shaver and a press release:

McKinney’s arrest stems from the Sunday discovery of human remains on County Road 82, between Ala. 273 and County Road 75. A tipster spotted the remains and called the sheriff’s office, leading authorities to find severed body parts along a three-mile stretch.

“We walked quite a distance,” Shaver said.

The victim remained unidentified Monday. Cherokee County Coroner Jeremy Deaton took the remains to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for identification.

Shaver declined to release further details Monday.

The case is under investigation by the Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit — which includes the sheriff’s office — Cedar Bluff police, Leesburg police, Centre police and the district attorney’s office. The Jacksonville State University Centre for Applied Science Team assisted the investigation.