Family of murdered Etowah County man reacts

BOAZ, Ala. (WIAT) --  Etowah County officials have charged two people with murder in death of missing person Wesley Adam Clifton. 25-year-old Kenneth Tyler Parker and 20-year-old Amber Nicole McCoy sit in the Etowah County jail on $250,000 bond each.

Authorities would not reveal exactly how the two suspects knew Clifton but, "this was not just a random act of senselessness, they knew each other, there are a lot of different pieces to this puzzle... we're trying to fit all that together," said Natalie Barton of the Etowah County Sheriff's Office.

Clifton's body was discovered in a shallow grave near a pond at a property on Black Bottom Road. However, his burgundy 1995 Honda Accord was found at another location on Cove Springs and Little Cove Roads adding more mystery to his murder.

The only missing person case in the county was 23-year-old Wesley Adam Clifton. He went missing on Sunday. He was last seen leaving his home on June 7th. Wesley showed up to work on June 8th, but then didn't the following two days, according to investigators.

"Words can not express my sympathies for the family of Wesley Clifton, this is just a senseless act, that resulted in the death of a 23-year-old young man who had his whole life ahead of him," said District Attorney Jason Willoughby.

Wesley worked at the local Zaxbys in Boaz and had just received a raise before he disappeared last week, according to family.

His family released the following statement to CBS42 News:

"This has been a nightmare for all of us, especially our family. Wesley will always live on in the hearts of everyone who knew him. Forgive me for being at a loss of words. On behalf of Wes' family we would like to thank every individual who played a role in searching for Wesley. We would also like to send a big thank you to all law enforcement involved with Wesley's case. The case isn't over and we are grateful that you are willing to work hard for someone you've never even met. Every person who has called, texted, messaged, shared posts, and searched has helped us tremendously. This is definitely not the outcome we were hoping for, but at least we have some kind of closure. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and thank you so much for your kind words."

Investigators said they are waiting on the autopsy to determine exactly how Wesley Clifton was murdered.

They also said they are still seeking out people to speak with and that more charges could be forthcoming.


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