Officials looking into death of CH man
by David Lazenby
Sep 24, 2011 | 3324 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Walker County District Attorney’s office is investigating the death of a Carbon Hill man whose body was found in his home Thursday.

Walker County District Attorney characterized the demise of Johnny Wayne Byars, a man in his early 60s, as “mysterious.”

Authorities with the DA’s office, Carbon Hill Police Department and the Walker County Sheriff’s convened at Byars’ residence, located at 386 8th Street NW in Carbon Hill, to investigate the death.

Adair said, “There were a lot of people on the scene.” He added that several individuals were interviewed Thursday by authorities regarding any knowledge they may have pertaining to Byar’s death.

Walker County Coroner J.C. Poe said Byars’ body has been transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville where an autopsy will be performed.

“Hopefully, they’ll be finished with the physical, actual examination today and the body will most likely be returned to the funeral home this afternoon or early in the morning,” Poe said Friday. “If it is something obvious that they can make a determination on from the physical examination, they’ll give me a preliminary report stating that. But, if not — and it depends on tissue testing and toxicology — then I’ll get a preliminary report stating that is pending for additional studies.”

Poe said if additional studies are required, it will probably be four to five months before Poe receives a complete autopsy report.

“The investigation is still ongoing,” Adair said.