(As originally published with additional photos, Fri, November 17th 2023, 6:40 PM EST)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (TND) — The son of a missing man in Alabama has been charged with abuse of a corpse.
Birmingham police arrested Ledarius Cash last Monday night, Nov. 6.
Earlier that day, they reported executing a search warrant on a home and seeing “what appeared to be a fresh pile of compost/topsoil in the backyard.”
They called in a cadaver K9 and the dog led investigators to the same area.
“Investigators used shovels to remove dirt from the pile and discovered what appeared to be skeletal remains,” they reported.
Then, over the next two days, the coroner’s office determined the skeletal remains were human, and the victim had been shot. They have not revealed the person’s identity.
Cash’s father, Donald Cash, was last seen Sept. 26.
Birmingham police said they upgraded the case of the 52-year-old from typical “to a critical missing person investigation due to the lead detective uncovering facts that would lead us to believe Donald Cash is in danger.”
Authorities have not publicly connected the case of Donald Cash to the remains that were found.