Firefighters with the Selma Fire Department work to recover a body discovered Tuesday morning in a creekbed near L.L. Anderson Avenue. -- Katie Wood
Firefighters with the Selma Fire Department work to recover a body discovered Tuesday morning in a creekbed near L.L. Anderson Avenue. -- Katie Wood

Body of missing man discovered in Selma creek bed

Published 3:08pm Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The body of Selma resident Frederick Callens, 28, was recovered Tuesday morning beneath a train trestle near L.L. Anderson Avenue. Callens had been reported missing since April 17.

Selma Police Department’s Lt. Johnny King said he and members of the Selma Fire Department had been searching the area around the train trestle for the past week as it was an area Callens frequently walked. Tuesday authorities began sweeping the area from Callens’ residence around 9 a.m. and discovered the body nearly two hours later.

“While we were searching with the Selma Fire Department, we came across the body of a young black male who resembled the missing person,” King said. “He looks like he’s been there for some several days.”

Selma Chief of Police William T. Riley said the body will be sent to Montgomery for a thorough autopsy to determine if any foul play was involved. Riley added, as of now foul play is not suspected.

“We’re trying to determine the cause of the death right now,” King said. “We’re going from a missing person investigation to a death investigation.”

Callens was last seen Wednesday, April 17 walking along the 400 block of Medical Center Parkway. Authorities said he disappeared at approximately 6 p.m.

Joe Goodman of the Selma Fire Department said the condition of the body was poor, and had been exposed to the elements.

“In a situation like this, we always do an autopsy,” Goodman said. “The body could have been out there for any number of days.”

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