Body found in Fort Payne creek identified as Jacksonville, Ala., man

Body found in Fort Payne creek identified as Jacksonville, Ala., man

March 26th, 2019 by Ben Benton in Breaking News

A man's body found March 21 in a small creek in Fort Payne, Alabama, has been identified as that of a 25-year-old Jacksonville, Alabama, man.

According to a statement from Fort Payne police chief Randy Bynum, the body was identified as James Thomas Phillips following an autopsy was performed at the Alabama Department of Forensic Science in Huntsville.

"Preliminary results from the autopsy did not yield any violent trauma to the body that would have caused the death of the male subject," Bynum said.

Phillips' body was found in a small creek, called Big Wills Creek, adjacent to Prestwood Avenue South. Fort Payne police recovered the man's body.

The investigation is ongoing as authorities await more autopsy and test results from the state, Bynum said.


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