BCSO investigating homicide

Published 1:24 pm Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgiana Police Department are investigating a homicide in Georgiana. (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

Authorities have ruled the death of a 72-year-old Georgiana woman a homicide.

Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden confirmed Thursday morning that Dorothy Leatherwood was murdered inside her home on Wise Street.

Harden also said that authorities have developed a person of interest in the case, but declined to offer any more details about a potential suspect.

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Leatherwood’s death marks the first homicide in Georgiana this year.

Friends discovered Leatherwood’s body at approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Harden said authorities immediately began investigating the case as a homicide.

“Things just didn’t look right,” Harden said. “There were some things that looked out of place in the house and the way we found the body just didn’t look right.”

Harden said at this time authorities are not releasing the cause of death, but autopsy results the BCSO received on Thursday confirmed that Leatherwood was murdered.

“There’s not a lot we can say about it right now due to it being an ongoing investigation, but we have ruled it a homicide and we will continue to investigate it,” Harden said.

On Thursday, deputies with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, as well as officers with the Georgiana Police Department, canvassed the area near Leatherwood’s home searching for evidence and talking with neighbors.

Harden said authorities had collected evidence that they sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. He said they expect to have the results back in a month.

“Hopefully someone saw something and we’ll get a break from talking with the neighbors,” Harden said.

Authorities are asking that anyone with information contact the BCSO at (334) 382-6521 or the Georgiana Police Department at (334) 376-2222.