Three Bodies Found Inside Car Submerged in Alabama Lake, Coroner Called to Their Home. Man Arrested.
A car containing the bodies of three people was found in an Alabama lake yesterday morning. According to authorities a call came in shortly after 7:00am for a car in the lake. When responding officers arrived they found the blue Toyota partially submerged in the Eufaula lake. The bodies inside the vehicle were just another piece to a puzzle that the police had yet to connect. Another body would be found at a residence in the 400 block of Hood street. The same house that the three people from the car lived in.
Chief of Police Steve Watkins confirmed three bodies were discovered in the car just hours before the county coroner was called to their home where a body was possibly found.
“Our officers arrived and did locate a vehicle that was partially underwater. We started the recovery process and realized that the vehicle was occupied and we ceased the recovery efforts at that time to start our investigation,” said Chief Watkins. The bodies were found at the Old Creek Town Park area of the lake, where investigators are concentrating their efforts. Barbour County Coroner Chip Chapman pronounced the individuals dead at 8:40 a.m. They were identified as Remona Hudson and her two children under the age of 18. Although the children haven't been identified, authorities say their birth years were 2004 and 2008. No cause of death has been disclosed.
A local woman was there when police began to remove the car from the lake. Julie Taylor, who lives in the area, was out this morning animal watching when she saw officials working to recover the car. It was at this point that officials said bodies were in the car and asked on-lookers to clear the area.
“He walked over and at that point he looked into the car and raised his hands you know telling everyone to get back and then some of the park workers came around to where I was parked and told us we had to leave because there were bodies in the car. We left upon their request that we depart,” said Taylor.
Although the identities of the victims has not been disclosed, a suspect in their deaths has been arrested. According to a statement released from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency the suspect was arrested after he was released from the hospital for being treated for an unknown ailment.
“Special Agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) have arrested and formally charged Demetrius Devonte McGhee, 26, of Clayton in connection to the murder of three individuals found deceased in a submerged vehicle in Lake Eufaula.”
According to ALEA officials concerning the charges against McGhee, “Based upon the totality of the circumstances and the severity of the crime, Demetrius Devonte McGhee, has been charged with four counts of Capital Murder. As the case continues to develop and more information becomes available, ALEA will share it accordingly. No additional information is available at this time as the investigation is ongoing.”
We don't know what's going on or why these people were murdered but we're praying for their families. McGhee is being held without bond.