Authorities in south Alabama say the remains of a missing man have been found in his freezer.
The body of Michael Dwayne Graham, 40, of Butler County was missing for 12 days when officers found his body in a freezer at his mobile home on July 24, said Sheriff Kenny Harden. AL.com reported Graham's age as being 40; the Associated Press and Fox 6, however, reported his age as 39.
Authorities now classify Graham's death as a homicide.
Graham was last seen alive on July 12. His family was notified by his employer that he did not come into work for two days without giving notice, AL.com reported. They then filed a missing person’s report.
The victim’s relatives told WSFA, a Montgomery television station, that it was unlike Graham to travel far or stay out of touch without giving updates.
“He’s never done anything like that before. If he goes out for a long period of time, he always lets us know,” Tasha Graham, his niece, said at the time of the search. “I don’t know what could have happened. That’s what puzzles my mind."
Harden said investigators initially entered the home with Graham’s family to do a quick search, but no red flags were raised.
Investigators traveled to Georgia, where Graham's car was found. Investigators said the vehicle was abandoned, but they tracked the driver to North Carolina. The evidence they uncovered in Georgia and North Carolina helped them obtain a search warrant for Graham’s home, according to The Associated Press. They returned to find the body in a deep-freezer under a pile of clothes.
The driver is now a person of interest in the death and has been taken into custody. The relationship between the two has not been disclosed.
Photo credit: Butler County Sheriff's Office via My Fox AL