2nd Update: Missing Alabama Woman Found Dead Jan 3, 2020 19:57:13 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Jan 3, 2020 19:57:13 GMT -5
Woman Who Allegedly Left Bar with Two Strange Black Men Found Dead
Investigators searching for Paighton Houston, a missing Alabama woman who texted she could be in trouble after leaving a bar with two black men last month, say they unearthed a female body. The shallow grave was discovered in the backyard of an apparently vacant home in Hueytown by officers looking for the 29-year-old woman last seen at a Birmingham bar on Friday, December 20. According to The Birmingham News, the intact body was wrapped in some sort of fabric.
“Right now we have a lot more questions than answers, but we hope to have those answers real soon,” Chief Deputy David Agee of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said. “We’re going to work hard and we’re going to find out what happened.”
On Thursday, January 2, Charlaine Houston, Paighton’s mother, linked to a story about the Hueytown search on her Facebook page. “Bring Paighton home,” she posted Friday before the discovery of the corpse was reported. Mrs. Houston has also accused the Grace Cross, who claims she saw Paighton leaving the bar with two strange black men, of repeatedly changing her story. Houston, of Trussville, allegedly left the Tin Roof bar with the men and later texted Cross, who told police “she didn’t know these people and she was in trouble.”
A tipster led investigators to the location where the body was found. Neighbors said the property belonged to an elderly man who lives elsewhere. It is unclear who, if anyone, lives there now.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey posted a $5,000 reward for information in Houston’s disappearance. Another $5,000 in reward money was being offered by Crime Stoppers.
Law enforcement officers reviewing video tapes from the Tin Roof Bar on the night in question have been unable to find two men fitting the description provided by Grace Cross. There are also rumors Cross and her boyfriend killed the young woman and buried her body behind a vacant house owned by the boyfriend’s grandfather.
Sources: Robert Gearty, Fox News, January 3, 2020, and ABC News.