Alabama man arrested in Marion County man's 2016 disappearance

DA says case will go forward without a body

Photo contributed by the Marion County Sheriff's Office / William S. Whited

An Alabama man has been arrested in a missing person case in Marion County, Tennessee, that goes back to spring of 2016.

Marion County authorities arrested William S. Whited, 38, of Bryant, Alabama, on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder and aggravated robbery in connection with the March 8, 2016, disappearance of Marion County resident Wesley Ridge, according to 12th Judicial District officials.

Whited was taken into custody in Chattanooga late Wednesday and is being held without bond, authorities said. He'll be arraigned next Friday. Officials in Marion County Circuit Court said Whited did not yet have an attorney on record.

Marion County Sheriff Ronnie "Bo" Burnett said Friday that he and detectives met with prosecutors about three weeks ago on information collected in the case and presented that information to the grand jury.