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Lawrence Co. Sheriff Investigating Dead Body Found

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Lawrence Co., AL - Lawrence County authorities say a body found Monday afternoon is that of a Decatur man.

Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell says 32-year-old Jose Arturo Ruiz was found shot Monday afternoon in a field off County Road 84 in the Speake community.

We're told two off-duty Decatur police officers were looking for hunting spots near Bankhead Forest when they spotted the body from the roadway.

Authorities said they believe Ruiz was killed not long before his body was found.

Sheriff Mitchell says investigators want to talk to anyone who has seen Ruiz in the last 48 hours or has seen his 2008 white Chevrolet Silverado with tag number 52C31K2.

"One of the real interesting things at this time of course is the vehicle. We want to locate it. If anyone knows where it's at we would appreciate them calling and telling us where it is," said Sheriff Mitchell.

Ruiz's family members were gathered at his home in Decatur Tuesday evening making funeral arrangements. They did not wish to comment about his death, but Ruiz's brother said they are getting through this difficult time together as a family.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is also assisting in tracking down leads in the case. An autopsy was completed in Huntsville this morning.

If you have any information, call the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office at 256-974-9291.

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