Elmore Co. woman murdered, car stolen | Crime
ELMORE CO., AL (WSFA) - Sheriff Bill Franklin is confirming to WSFA 12 News an active homicide investigation involving a 20-year-old woman.
Details are limited at this time, but Sheriff Franklin says the homicide occurred sometime between 9am and 10am Wednesday off Hickory Drive in the Flatwood Community.
The victim, 20-year-old Ana Cardwell, was found by her mother, according to Franklin, lying on the floor of the home she shared with her parents.
"A number of rounds were found to have been fired in the house," Sheriff Franklin said, but he did not want to speculate on the victim's cause of death so early in the investigation.
Sheriff Franklin said a motive is not currently known. Only one item was missing - identified as Cardwell's 2006 white Honda Civic.
The vehicle has an Elmore County plate: 2-9-A-7-7-F-1.
If you see this vehicle, call police immediately.
DO NOT approach the vehicle or its occupants.
The sheriff could not provide any information on possible suspect/s at this point or whether or not the victim knew her killer.
Numerous investigators are on the scene at this time, according to the sheriff.
WSFA 12 News has a crew en route to the scene and will relay additional information as it becomes available.
HOLTVILLE HIGH SCHOOL REACTION
WSFA 12 News spoke with Holtville High School Principal Jimmy Hull who said the school, located approximately 4 miles from the crime scene, was not placed on lockdown. Hull said the sheriff's department did not believe the school needed to be placed under restrictive measures.
Hull said Cardwell graduated from HHS two years ago and many students remembered her. The principal said councilors are being made available to any student who needs to talk. Some have been visibly upset, he said. Others have check out of school for the day.
Cardwell worked at a local convenience store, according to Hull, and even babysat the administrator's kids. He called the ordeal a shock to the whole system.
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