A man's body was discovered in a wooded area of west Jefferson County and is being investigated as a "suspicious death," authorities announced Tuesday.
Chief Deputy Randy Christian with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said information was developed today that led detectives to the 4000 block of Gildersleeve Road. There they found the body of a man in a wooded area.
The cause of death and the man's identity have not yet been determined. Christian says the death has been classified as "suspicious" pending the report from the medical examiners.
In the same release about the body being found, Christian also asked the public to report any information they may have about the disappearance of Gary Anthony Cade.
Cade is considered to be transient by his family, but they told deputies they would still see him regularly in the Edgewater neighborhood where they lived. They became concerned when they hadn't seen him for around three weeks, so the Jefferson County sheriff's office began to investigate his disappearance on Thursday, June 20.
Christian said deputies developed information that indicated Cade may be dead. On Friday, they searched a creek near Alabama Highway 269 and Arabia Avenue for Cade's body but did not find anything.
The area where the man's body was discovered today is near the area where investigators searched last week for Cade. Officials have not yet said whether or not the body could be Cade's.
The sheriff's office is asking anyone with information about Cade's disappearance to contact them at 205-325-1450 or call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
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