Remains of man missing since 2018 found in wooded area off Alabama county road

Published 11:10 am Wednesday, November 9, 2022

The remains of an Alabama man missing since 2018 have been discovered after police were notified by a cell tower worker that human skeletal remains were found in a wooded area off a Shelby County road.

Officers and crime scene technicians with the Calera Police Department responded and conducted a detailed search of the area and recovered the remains. Shelby County Coroner Lina Evans and her staff responded and conducted an examination for identification.

The remains have been identified as Derek DeWayne Harris, of Columbiana, who was reported missing on Dec. 30, 2018. Authorities were not able to determine the cause of death.

Harris marks the second recent discovery of humans remains in Shelby County during the past week.

“I hope that recovering the remains of their loved one brings peace and closure to the family,” read a post from Calera Chief David Hyche on the departments Facebook page.