Deputies in Alabama said they suspect the bones found outside a residence belong to a man whose roommate had reported him missing.
The flatmate is currently facing murder charges.
According to deputies at a news conference on October 13, Kevin Chad McLemore contacted the Walker County Sheriff’s Office on October 7 to report his flatmate Terry Linden Drummond missing.
When he departed for work on October 4 at around 6:30 a.m., McLemore said deputies he last saw his flatmate.
Investigators looked for Drummond in the days that followed, but they turned up nothing.
Then, on October 11, deputies acquired a search warrant for the couple’s residence and dispatched a K-9 unit to conduct a search there.
They claimed at the meeting that they discovered a portion of disturbed earth outside the house that was covered in cinder blocks.
According to authorities, there was a 4 foot deep shallow grave underneath the blocks.
Deputies found what they believe to be Drummond’s dismembered body inside the makeshift grave, they said in the news conference.
State forensic investigators received the remains to conduct additional testing and verify the identity.
“I’ve been in law enforcement almost 20 years, I’ve never seen anything quite like it,” Sheriff Nick Smith said during the news conference. “It was a very gruesome, detailed-out murder.”
The sheriff’s office withheld any additional information.
On October 12, according to authorities, McLemore was taken into custody and charged with murder.
About 45 miles north of Birmingham, in Bremen, were the remains discovered.