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Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Foul play suspected in Hayneville man’s death



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HAYNEVILLE &045; More than a year after the loss

of Jeff McCurdy, family members have reason to believe foul play may have been involved and are seeking answers.

In a news conference held Tuesday the family announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Authorities are also searching for the driver of a white pickup truck, believed to have been among the last people who may have talked to Jeff McCurdy on Aug. 24, 2006.

While the driver of the white pickup, spotted talking with McCurdy on Hwy. 21 across from the old Beechwood Store, is not a suspect, authorities would like to talk with that person.

McCurdy, 42, was found unconscious on the family farm that Thursday, in the late evening. He died two days later.

Family members have traced Jeff McCurdy’s path that day, and the identity of the person driving the white pickup has not been discovered. They know Jeff McCurdy cut hay earlier that day, and he was seen talking with someone in a white pickup truck at approximately 2:30 p.m., just outside Hayneville in the Beechwood community.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigations is investigating the case, the District Attorney’s Office and the Lowndes County Sheriffs Department are involved as well. Anyone who had contact with Jeff McCurdy on Aug. 24, 2006 is asked to contact the ABI at (800) 392-8011, or call the Sheriff’s Department at (334) 548-2597.