Disagreement Over Missing Person Case

A decade old missing person's case has been solved.

Skeletal remains discovered in rural Coffee County have turned out to be that of Terry Dewayne Allums. He had been missing since July, 1998.

Now, this case has created a disagreement between the district attorney and sheriff.

Sheriff Sutton feels his office wasn't notified about the discovery of the skeletal remains and he wants to know why.

Twelfth Circuit District Attorney Gary McAliley says partial skeletal remains found in rural Coffee County are those of Terry Allums, who was last seen on his family's property outside of New Brockton in July 1998.

A DNA match of the bones proved to be that of the missing man.

"I can't go into exactly where the remains were found, but sufficient to say, it was close to where Mr. Allums was last seen, and it was the pond," McAliley said.

Although a cause of death cannot be determined, it's not believed to be foul play.

For Mr. Allum's 21-year-old son, Bryan, the determination brings closure. "It’s been very hard on all of us. The only thing worse than knowing someone has been killed, is the not knowing; now we'll have closure.”

Sheriff Sutton says he hopes to soon have a sit down talk with District Attorney McAliley over the matter.

And, it should be pointed out that D.A. McAliley says there's been some recent progress in the 12-year-old missing person case of Wayne Bryan, the 51-year-old Enterprise man who has been missing since 1995.

If anyone has information on the Bryan case, you're asked to contact the Coffee County D.A.’s Office at 347-1142.

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  • by Karen M Stuckey Location: New Brockton on Oct 18, 2007 at 02:58 PM
    My prayers are with the Allums family. I am sorry that you have to relive the last 9 1/2 years, but am thankful that now you can move on. What is important here is that Terry has been found, not who gets credit. The real credit goes to the dog. IMO the reason the S.O. was not notified is because most people, myself included, do not feel we can trust the S.O Too many times things are reported and then ignored. There may be a new sheriff in town, but the former S.O. crowd left a bad taste in Coffee Co. residents mouths. I believe that at times the Allums family felt nothing was being done. To be honest, I saw more in the news about Wayne Bryant then I did about Terry Allums. So get over who gets the credit and move on. What is important is that our DA and S.O learn from this and figure out a way to work together in protecting and defending the people of Coffee County.
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