From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — The Birmingham Police Department reports detectives are currently conducting a homicide investigation after a person was decapitated and set on fire.
The incident, according to an announcement from BPD, occurred on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. Police say the 911 communication division received a call of smoke emitting from an abandoned building at approximately 3:20 p.m.
Birmingham Fire and Rescue responded and extinguished a small fire inside the building, which is located at 816 2nd Avenue North in Birmingham. After the fire was extinguished, Birmingham Fire and Rescue discovered the victim’s body. The victim’s identity will be released upon proper identification and notification of next of kin.
The preliminary investigation findings are indicative of a homicide, according to a news release from the Birmingham Police Department. Detectives believe an altercation occurred prior to the victim being fatally wounded, decapitated, and set on fired. The Birmingham Police Department does have a person of interest in custody.
Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to contact Birmingham police at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254- 7777.