5 Men Found Dead in Shelby County, Ala., Apartment

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) - Authorities outside Birmingham are investigating after five men were found dead in an apartment.

Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry tells The Birmingham News deputies found the men just before 6 p.m. Wednesday after being sent to the apartment for a welfare check.

Local news outlets reported their throats had been slashed, but that could not be immediately confirmed with the sheriff's office. A news conference is scheduled for Thursday.

Curry says investigators hadn't determined how long the men had been dead. Authorities were also still trying to identify them.

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