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December 26, 2013

Vinemont man’s body found by child in wooded area on Christmas Day

CULLMAN — An adolescent boy discovered the body of a dead Vinemont man on Christmas Day in a wooded area just off Main Street in Cullman.

Joel Adcock, Jr., 53, of Vinemont, was found around 1:50 p.m. on Dec. 25 by a juvenile who went to test out the BB gun he received as a Christmas present. Authorities believe his death was accidental.

Adcock’s body was found near Main and Graham streets in Cullman. Assistant police chief Craig Green said investigators are fairly certain there is no foul play involved because four empty air cans were found around his body, which suggests it was an accidental self-inflicted death.

“We think he was using the canned air dusters to get high off them and accidentally overdosed,” Green said. “We will continue to look into it, but at this point there is no reason to suspect foul play.”

The compressed air cans or air dusters contain dangerous contents that can potentially freeze the lungs after inhaling the product, Green said.

“Investigation estimated Mr. Adcock’s body, based on decomposition, had been out there for 2-3 days,” Green said.

Cullman County Coroner Steve Rodgers said he believes Adcock passed away sometime Monday morning.

Green said he wanted to commend Cullman police officers Clint Sanford and Jerry Perkins who responded to the call and they will continue to provide updates to the case as they become available.

“This investigation is still on-going and we hope to have an official cause of death and more details to release soon,” Green said. “It’s a sad thing to happen, especially during the Christmas season. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Adcock’s family.”

%Lauren Estes can be reached at laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.

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