Missing Butler County man found dead

Published 11:06 am Friday, July 24, 2015

A missing Butler County man has been found dead.

Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden confirmed that Michael Dewayne Graham, 40, was found Friday at his residence on South Shackleville Road. According to authorities, his body was found in a freezer.

Deputies with the BCSO had previously made a walk through of Graham’s residence looking for clues to his whereabouts, but the search came up empty.

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Graham’s 2010 Nissan Pathfinder was located last Friday north of Atlanta. The vehicle led authorities to a person of interest, who was taken into custody in North Carolina. No other information about that person has been released by authorities. After locating the vehicle, investigators began to suspect foul play and obtained a search warrant for Graham’s residence, which led to the discovery of the body.

“At this time, the investigation is ongoing,” Harden said.

Graham was reported missing on July 14 after he failed to show up for work the previous two days. He was last seen leaving his house on July 12 and was believed to be going to Georgiana.

An autopsy is being performed by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences to confirm the identity of the body and determine the cause of death. Graham’s death marks the second murder in Butler County this year. In April, 18-year-old Jerome Watkins was shot and killed in Greenville.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.