Jasper police officer identified as victim in Walker Co. double death investigation

Death investigation underway in Walker Co.

WALKER COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - A Jasper City Police officer has been identified as one of the two victims found dead under the I-22 bridge Saturday in Walker County.

The Walker County Coroner’s Office confirms John Softley and Monica Cooper are the two victims.

We spoke with Parrish Mayor Heather Hall, who said John Softley was a town councilor for District 4 and had been since January 2017. She said the town is in a state of shock right now and heartbroken for both individuals and their families. Hall said the John she knew loved his town and his family - and worked incredibly hard.

Hall said they’re trying to withhold releasing any further statements until state has completed its investigation.

The two victims were found dead Saturday on Sharon Blvd. under the I-22 Dora-Sumiton exit with apparent gunshot wounds. Officials with ALEA say it is currently classified as a death investigation.

Authorities say the victims knew each other, but their relations is unknown.

The coroner said the call was received around 1 p.m. Saturday ALEA had been on the scene for several hours prior to that call.

“It was an off-duty fireman that found them and contacted 911,” said Lt. Jon Riley with ALEA.

As far as what led up to their deaths, Lt. Riley said it’s too early to say. Sunday afternoon, Lt. Riley said there is no new information to provide and no new information regarding suspects.

“Certainly, it’s very early in the investigation and to be able to put anything out such as that, we wouldn’t be able to,” he said. “It’s just so early in this investigation.”

Investigators processed the vehicle on the scene and Lt. Riley says it’s now in a secure location for further processing.

“Our investigators will be looking for witnesses and talking to family members and anyone else that may be able to give information into what happened,” said Lt. Riley.

This story is developing.

ALEA is conducting a death investigation in Walker County. (Source: Josh Newton/WBRC)
ALEA is conducting a death investigation in Walker County. (Source: Josh Newton/WBRC) ((Source: Josh Newton/WBRC))

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