Update on Toomsuba Death Investigation

There are new developments in an investigation involving the recent death of a Toomsuba woman.

Preliminary autopsy results have been released.

Sunday, July 8 is the last time Morris was seen alive. An investigation reveals that sometime between 6 that night and the following morning, Morris was killed.

'It says the above findings are consistent with strangulation,' says Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie.

About a day and a half after being reported missing, the 60-year-old Morris was discovered dead inside a 55 gallon container behind the house she shared with the suspect.

Since his arrest, 62-year-old Harry Wayne Walden has bonded out of jail. Charged with manslaughter, Sheriff Sollie says it's unlikely that the newly released autopsy results will cause his charge to change.

'The type of death with strangulation, there's no one who has come forward with information saying that he planned this death,' Sollie said.

Although Morris' family members are pushing for Walden to be charged with murder, investigators say there's still not enough evidence to warrant that.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Sollie says since Walden bonded out of jail, there have been other incidents at the house where Morris and Walden lived.

'They had been living in the same house for twelve years at least. We had not received any calls for assistance at that particular location," said the sheriff. "Since his release we have had several calls of persons causing disturbances at that location.'

Sollie says so far charges have not been filed in any of those cases.

Meanwhile, Walden's case is expected to be presented to a grand jury in October or December.


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