From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
RIVERSIDE — A missing persons investigation led to charges of murder against a Pell City man on Sunday.
The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office was called to assist the Riverside Police Department in a missing persons investigation, authorities said.
Officials reported that the investigation revealed evidence of a possible homicide.
Sheriff’s investigators, along with Riverside Police Chief Rick Oliver, followed leads until the body of John W. Patterson, a 76-year-old white male from Pell City, was discovered in a wooded area on 1 Police Camp Road in Riverside.
Officials said the suspect is John Shane Patterson, a 47-year-old white male from Pell City. John Shane Patterson is the son of the victim.
Patterson was arrested and charged with murder. He was booked into the St. Clair County Jail in Pell City and awaits bond.