PHIL CAMPBELL – Authorities said the boyfriend of a woman whose body was found Sunday on the side of Alabama 237 told them she jumped from the truck he was driving after they argued.
“At this point, we don’t have anything to dispute that,” said Phil Campbell Police Chief Merrell Potter.
He said the body of April Welch Hamm, 39, of Phil Campbell, was found around 6 p.m. Sunday just off the side of Alabama 237 near the Woodard Road intersection.
Investigators picked up Hamm’s 39-year-old boyfriend late Sunday for questioning. After being held in the Franklin County Jail, Potter said the man has been released and no charges filed.
“He said he had picked her up at a party she had been to and was going back to their house (on Brown Street in Phil Campbell) when they started arguing and she jumped from the truck,” Potter said.
The chief said according to the boyfriend, he picked Hamm up in his tractor-trailer truck he uses to haul manufactured homes.
“They were coming into Phil Campbell from Hackleburg (on Alabama 137)," Potter said. "He said they got to arguing and he turned around and was going to take her back to the party. He said they continued to argue and just before they got to Woodard Street, she opened the truck door and just jumped out.”
Potter said the boyfriend told authorities he stopped the truck and went back to looked for Hamm. He said he looked for her twice but could not find her.
“He said he didn’t know what happened to her,” Potter said.
Reports indicate Hamm’s body was found by someone on a four-wheeler around 6 p.m. Sunday.
Authorities said the woman’s body was lying in a ditch on the side of the road.
Officials said Hamm had multiple blunt force trauma to the head.
The body has been sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for an autopsy.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigation and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department are assisting Phil Campbell with the investigation.
Potter said anyone with any information about Hamm’s death is asked to contact the Phil Campbell Police Department at 205-993-5313, the Franklin County Sheriff’s investigators at 256-33-8825, or Shoals Crime Stoppers at 256-386-8685.