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Sheriff: Body found in Walker Co. could be identified as soon as Wednesday

The Walker County Sheriff's office responded to the scene where a body was found. (Source:...
The Walker County Sheriff's office responded to the scene where a body was found. (Source: Jamiese Price/WBRC)
Published: Feb. 17, 2016 at 12:00 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2016 at 12:22 AM CST
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WALKER COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Walker County Coroner's Office confirms they have been called out after the discovery of a body in the Quinton area.

There are many questions as to whether this scene is related to the disappearance of Nicholas Hawkins.

His family says they are at the Dora Police Department, waiting for news from officers. Relatives say that the body was found near a house on K D Byrd Station Road, which is also known as a dumping spot.

Sheriff Jim Underwood says an investigator found the body. He adds that Hawkins' family said they thought they had seen his car near the area and investigators checked a number of side roads and known dumping spots.

The body was found buried under brush and debris.

Underwood says he can't confirm the body is that of the missing Dora teen, but they could have a proper identification as early as 9:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Hawkins family is waiting for answers.

Hawkins' uncle, Daniel Frederick, said he's hoping it's not Hawkins, but in his heart he feels the outcome could be a sad one.

The body is being transferred to the state forensics department in Huntsville.

Because the body was wrapped in a number of blankets and other items Underwood says they didn't unwrap the body to persevere any possible evidence.

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