Human remains found inside wrecked car at bottom of Alabama ravine may be connected to missing person case, authorities say

Published 9:24 am Thursday, January 12, 2023

A utility worker found a wrecked car vehicle at the bottom of a ravine Wednesday; police say the human remains found inside may be linked to a person reported missing in 2022.

Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said the vehicle was discovered at the bottom of a ravine early Wednesday afternoon on Lock 17 Road in Bessemer, Alabama.

Police believe the vehicle may have left the roadway and struck a tree at the bottom of the ravine.

Yates said the vehicle was related to the September 2022 report of a missing person filed with the Bessemer Police Department.

Coroner’s office officials are working to positively identify the remains found in the vehicle as well as determine the cause of death.