- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) - Authorities believe a Colbert County man killed his 47-year-old girlfriend and then dug a hole in the northeastern Alabama woods to try to bury her body.

Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson told news outlets Monday that 55-year-old Timothy W. Warhurst, of Tuscumbia, is in custody in connection with the killing of Wanda Ivey. Williamson says he expected official charges to be made against Warhurst on Tuesday.

Warhurst is accused of killing Ivey at his home Sunday and then driving more than 100 miles east to Jackson County to dispose of her body.

Deputies who responded to a tip on Sunday say they found Warhurst digging a hole in a wooded area near Scottsboro. After executing a search warrant, authorities found Ivey’s body inside Warhurst’s truck.

It’s unclear whether Warhurst has an attorney.

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