Boaters find bullet-ridden body floating in Alabama river; violent felon charged with murder

Published 7:49 am Monday, March 16, 2020

Boaters at a landing along the Black Warrior River in Alabama discovered the body of a man who had been shot multiple times.

Kenneth White, also known as Umar Faruq Sabir, 55, was arrested Sunday, the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit told news outlets.

The boaters found the body around 5:30 p.m. Saturday and called 911. Authorities named White as a suspect and then located and interviewed him.

“White has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for multiple violent felonies over the last 20 years,” Capt. Jack Kennedy said in a statement.

White was charged with murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm and second-degree receiving stolen property. He was being held without bond. It’s unclear whether he had an attorney who could speak for him.

The name of the man found dead wasn’t immediately released.