Autopsy Investigation

Unfortunately, investigators don't know any more now than they did before the report arrived.

Thirty-one-year-old Krystal Harrison was last seen walking along Cottonwood Road South of Dothan on May 8. Her body was found in the same general area six days later. A helicopter with the Dale County Sheriff's Department spotted the body from the air. It was in the middle of an old farm road about 100 yards from the highway.

Deputies had to take down a locked gate to reach the site. The body was badly decomposed and dental records had to be used to make a positive identification.

The preliminary autopsy report is "inconclusive."

Houston County Sheriff's Department Commander Don McMullen says state forensics experts have, so far, not even been able to establish an exact cause of death. So more tests will be needed and that will take time.

Commander McMullen says officials at the state crime lab in Mobile have told him that right now, their facility is trying to cope with a backlog of cases.

A $6,000 reward is still being offered for information. District Attorney Doug Valeska put up an extra $5,000 to help solve the case not long after the body was found. Anyone who knows anything can call Crimestoppers at 793-7000.


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