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UPDATE: Foul play suspected after 2 bodies found in Tuscaloosa Co. house fire

Published: May. 12, 2022 at 9:05 AM CDT|Updated: May. 13, 2022 at 12:08 PM CDT
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HOLT, Ala. (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa County authorities are investigating a deadly house fire.

The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit said based on facts gathered during the initial stages of the investigation and the findings from the autopsy, the deaths have been determined to have been the result of foul play, or criminal acts.

Authorities say two bodies were found in a home in the 900 block of Garber Street in Holt on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

ADFS made an identification on one of the victims. The victim is Eric Shane Hatter, age 42. Hatter lived at the address.  The second individual has not been positively identified at this time.


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Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the house Wednesday night. The callers had come to the residence to check on family members, who they had been unable to reach on the phone for several days. When they arrived they found the residence, a mobile home, had burned to the ground.

The people contacted the Sheriff’s Office, and deputies discovered the remains of two people in the fire debris. The Violent Crimes Unit was called out to assume the investigation.

After investigation it is now believed the fire occurred during the overnight hours between Monday, May 9 and Tuesday, May 10.

Anyone who has any information on Eric Hatter or his residence, contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (205) 464-8690.

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