Woman Accused Of Murder After Missing Alabama Couple Possibly Found Buried In Florida, Police Say

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Source: Dothan Police Department; UNSPLASH

Aug. 2 2022, Published 8:58 a.m. ET

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A woman is accused of double homicide after remains possibly belonging to a missing Alabama couple were located buried on a property in Florida, authorities said.

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Sheena Marie Thurman, 35, faces one count of murder in Dothan, Alabama, and one count of open murder in Holmes County, Florida, in connection with the suspected slayings of Shauna Terry and her boyfriend, Damien Bell.

On July 11, family reported the two missing and an investigation determined they were last heard from three days earlier.

The Dothan Police Department said an investigation determined Terry and Bell left a motel they were staying at on the afternoon of July 8, and it “appeared they left on their own free will.”

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On July 28, authorities in Holmes County received information from Dothan police that led them to believe “one or more bodies were buried on the property” in Bonifay, Florida, and deputies executed a search warrant.


“Cadaver dogs were brought in and indicated to the presence human remains,” police said, noting that an “excavation began at the location the dogs indicated” and “the bodies of two individuals were located during the excavation.”

Investigators are waiting for the results of forensic testing to determine if the remains belong to Terry and Bell.

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“Even though the investigation is in its early stage, it is believed one individual may have been murdered in Dothan, Alabama, and the other individual may have been murdered at the Long Round Bay Road location in Bonifay, Florida,” police said.

Investigators are seeking other persons of interest in connection with the case, according to law enforcement officials.

Thurman was being held in the Houston County jail in Alabama and was expected to be extradited to Holmes County in Florida.


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