Son of Missing Ala. Man Arrested After Human Remains Found in Backyard

Ledarius Cash, 30 was arrested on Nov. 8 and charged with abuse of a corpse

<p>Birmingham Police Dept.</p> Donald Cash

Birmingham Police Dept.

Donald Cash

Authorities in Alabama have arrested a man in connection with the disappearance of his father after human remains were found in the suspect’s backyard, according to charging documents obtained by multiple news outlets.

Ledarius Cash, 30 was arrested on Nov. 8 and charged with abuse of a corpse, according to public jail records reviewed by PEOPLE. It’s unclear if he has entered a plea or retained an attorney to speak on his behalf.

On Nov. 6, officers executed a search warrant at a Birmingham home, where they allegedly found skeletal remains — later determined to be human — in “what appeared to be a fresh pile of compost/topsoil in the backyard,” according to a press release from the Birmingham Police Department.

The Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that the examination of the remains revealed the victim had been shot, per the release.

According to court documents obtained by and WBRC, the remains were found behind the home of Ledarius, who is also the son of missing person Donald Cash. Donald, 52, was last seen on Sept. 26 in the Wylam community, per a previous press release from the Birmingham Police Department.

The release states that Donald was considered a “critical missing person due to the lead detective uncovering facts that would lead us to believe Donald Cash is in danger.”

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While the remains have yet to be officially identified, they are believed to be those of Donald.

The documents obtained by allege Cash “did knowingly and willfully abuse the corpse believed to be Donald Cash by burning and/or dismembering and/or improperly burying.”

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact the Birmingham Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (205)-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at (205)-254-7777.

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