Thomas Green

Tragic discovery: Missing Auburn teen found slain; 2 charged with kidnapping

A missing Alabama teen has been found dead and two people have been arrested in connection with the case, reports.

On Thursday, the body of 18-year-old Thomas A. Green was found in a wooded area in Waverly, Alabama. Caretakers of the property came upon the remains.

Investigators could not locate any identification information on the body, which was taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery for an autopsy.

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Authorities later used dental records to verify that the body was Green’s, who appeared to have been at the location for at least several days.

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris told the newspaper that Green had a “fatal injury,” but additional details were not disclosed about how he died except that his death is being investigated as a homicide.

Marcus Wigley and Taharra Brunson [Police Handout]
Police later detained two people in connection with Green’s disappearance and charged them with first-degree kidnapping. U.S. Marshals and Lee County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday arrested 41-year-old Taharra Jaquay Brunson and 35-year-old Marcus Okeef Wigley. Investigators believe Brunson and Wigley took Green against his will.

Video released on Thursday shows Green attempting to enter a convenience store but then leaving after realizing the business was closed.

Green was last seen by a friend on September 5 and reported missing September 6.

Waverly is a tiny town about 60 miles northeast of Montgomery and about 12 miles west of Auburn, where Brunson and Wigley are from.

Additional charges are expected against Brunson and Wigley, each of whom are being held in the Lee County Jail on a $50,000 bond, WBRC-TV reports.

To share information about the case, call the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140 or the police department’s 24-hour non-emergency line at 334-501-3100. To leave an anonymous tip, call 334-246-1391.

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[Feature Photo: Thomas Green/Police Handout]