Missing Woman Found Dead

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

A Lauderdale County woman who was reported missing was found dead Tuesday morning.

Investigators had asked for help from the public Monday in trying to solve the case of the disappearance of 60-year-old Beth Morris.

Morris' boyfriend, Harry Wayne Walden, 62, was charged Tuesday with manslaughter.

A search warrant was issued Tuesday morning, and shortly after that, Lauderdale County sheriff's deputies, along with LEMA cadaver dogs, discovered Morris' body in a 55-gallon container behind the home she apparently shared with Walden, on Sportsman Circle in Toomsuba.

"Based upon the information we have at this time, it appears a domestic situation occurred Sunday evening which escalated to the point of the victim being killed," said Sheriff Billy Sollie.

Sollie says that the evidence points to this case being manslaughter, rather than murder. All the evidence will be presented to the Lauderdale County grand jury.

Morris' vehicle was discovered a far distance from where her body was found. The sheriff said investigators believe that was an attempt by the suspect to steer investigators clear of the true crime scene.

Walden is being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Facility. His bond was set at $50,000.

A candlelight vigil in memory of Morris is planned for tonight at 6 p.m. at Lake Tom Bailey.

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