Morgan County investigators reported Tuesday there have been no arrests in connection with the suspected murder of a Vinemont man, whose body was found alongside a road in southwest Morgan County Sunday.

Keith Sullins, 41, of County Road 1132 in the Ebenezer community of northwest Cullman County, had been reported missing by family members Feb. 16. His body was found Sunday in a Kudzu-covered ditch on Parker Gap Road, just north of Alabama Highway 157 at the bottom of Battleground Mountain.

Authorities say the decomposed state of the body made it difficult to determine the time of death or the cause.

Morgan County Coroner Russ Beard turned the body over to the state Department of Forensic Science to determine the cause of death.

Meanwhile, Morgan County Chief Deputy Mike Corley said investigators are actively pursuing leads in the case.

"We had the helicopter out for a while Monday searching for a vehicle of interest to us, but nothing developed from that," Corley said. "We're working very closely with the folks out of Cullman, who have been extremely helpful, but as of today there is nothing new to report."

Lt. Phillip Lambert, chief investigator with the Cullman County Sheriff's Office, said Monday Cullman County investigators were led to Sullins' body by a witness, whose identity was being withheld.

Lambert said family members told Cullman County authorities they last saw Sullins on Jan. 31. A missing person investigation was initiated and a report was filed with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

A person who identified themselves as a witness came forward Friday and indicated that Sullins had been killed, Lambert said, but they weren't able provide authorities with any information on where the body could be found.

Another breakthrough came Sunday afternoon, Lambert said, when a second person contacted Lt. Tim Creel with additional information regarding Sullins' murder.

"The second witness confirmed that Sullins had been killed and they offered to take us to the body," Lambert said. "Lt. Creel and Investigator Hogue met with the witness who took them to a location near the Massey community, located in the southern edge of Morgan County just north of Battleground. There, just off the side of a road in a ditch covered by kudzu they found Sullins' body."

Prior to Creel and Hogue arriving on the scene, a group traveling Parker Gap Road discovered the body and alerted Morgan County authorities.

Lambert said the witness told officers that Sullins had been killed in another location in Morgan County and that his body had been brought to that site and dumped.

Authorities released no information Tuesday on a possible motive for the murder.

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