Man charged with murder of Eufaula missing man

Man charged with murder of Eufaula missing man

EUFAULA, AL (WTVM) – Eufaula police have made an arrest in a missing person case that turned into a murder investigation.

Keyon Sheppard, 26,  was last seen in north Eufaula leaving a family member's house traveling in a silver Lincoln Town Car, according to authorities.

Jesse Maness, 24, was charged with the murder of Sheppard with possibly more charges to come.

"We believe the two had some kind of acquaintance they did know each other," Sgt. Donald Brown said with the Eufaula Police Department.

Police located Sheppard's body on Thursday after 11 different Alabama agencies were working on Gammage Road near Cowikee Creek, where an electronic footprint of Sheppard's cell phone led investigators to private property.

That's where the missing man's body was found after bringing in equipment to dig in suspected areas.

"What appeared to be a shallow grave and discovered our missing person was buried in the grave," said Bown.

Police believe their investigation doesn't end here – after blood was discovered in Sheppard's car a DNA test showed the blood wasn't a match to neither the victim or suspect.

Police say Sheppard's family is looking for answers as to why someone would do this to their loved son and brother.

"Understandably the mother, stepfather, as well as other siblings in the household are very distraught about this," said Brown.

Police say this isn't a case closed situation, they say a new investigation begins Thursday on how Sheppard died and who all is behind the killing.

Barbour County Sheriff's Office, State Bureau of Investigation, Troy Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Mobile County Sheriff's Office, FBI, Eufaula Fire Department , Russell County Sheriff's Office, Dale County Sheriff's Office, Greenville Police Department and Dothan Police Department assisted with this investigation.

This is a developing story; check back for more updates.

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