By Laura Ann Sills - email
EUFAULA, AL (WTVM) - Jasper Toney was an inmate on work release from the Barbour County Jail at the time of his girlfriend's murder.
Sheriff Leroy Upshaw says Toney was supposed to be at work, "The Sheriff Department had no knowledge that he was not there or that there were any problems with him. The incident is being investigated by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation at the request of Sheriff LeRoy Upshaw and the Eufaula Police Department."
Police say South Randolph Road was congested with traffic around 4 Tuesday afternoon leaving multiple witnesses to describe what happened.
Witnesses claim Mecca Henderson was in one car and Toney in another. Both pulled over on the side of the road when Toney shot Henderson and fled in his car.
Police have confirmed that Henderson's son was in the car at the time of the death.
"There at the scene we got a vehicle description and knew who he was," says Ronnie Dollar, Chief Investigator for Eufaula Police.
A few hours later Police found Toney's car at the sod farm where he worked. But, Toney was nowhere to be found. The Alabama Department of Corrections Tracking Team was called in, "they trailed his track down to the edge of a creek that was just a small distance away," says Dollar.
They found Toney's body in the water and are calling it a possible drowning until the official autopsy comes back.
Police have confirmed that in the last few weeks they were called a couple of times to Henderson's home on a domestic dispute, but in all cases Toney was not present.
Dollar says even when the autopsy comes back, not all questions may be answered. "We just have to pull things together as well as possible and get as close as we can through what the investigation shows us and in this case we may never know whether he purposefully drowned or whether it was an accident," said Dollar.