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Day After Identifying Remains of Suspected Murder Victim, Authorities Now Look for Wife.

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Sheriff Jay Jones with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said  that Sharritt’s wife, Kristi, has a similar story. He believes she was last seen around the summer of 2014. Kristi Sharitt was also never reported missing. 

Jeffery Sharritt’s death is being investigated as a homicide. Jones said Tuesday there was no update in terms of a suspect or leads, but enough evidence has been recovered to allow the investigation to continue. 

Jones said both Jeffery and Kristi Sharritt were residents of Phenix City, but did not live in Lee County. He said they are working together with the Phenix City Police Department on the case. Authorities are asking for the public’s help. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 334-749-5651 or the Crime Stoppers at 1-888-522-7847.

Bruce Pearl Has Solid Line-up for Upcoming Season

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For the first time since he’s been at Auburn, Bruce Pearl won’t be rebuilding his men’s basketball team.  The Tigers return the top four scorers from last year’s team in sophomores Mustapha Heron, Danjel Purifoy, Jared Harper and Austin Wiley. Pearl’s second and third teams on the Plains had to replace three of the previous season’s top five scorers. His fourth year he’ll  only have to replace guard T.J. Dunans. All four newcomers seem to perfectly fill the spots vacated by the four departed members of the Tigers’ rotation. Chuma Okeke, profiles as a power forward who can replace LaRon Smith in the frontcourt and perfectly complement centers Wiley and Anfernee McLemore. Fellow freshman Davion Mitchell, Desean Murray, and Malik Dunbar, a JUCO signee, are both wings who could make up for the losses of Dunans and TJ Lang. Expectations for next year’s team will be even higher than they were for last year’s, when Pearl set making the postseason Auburn’s goal.

Nephew of Auburn Legend Bo Jackson Commits

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 Shedrick Jackson announced yesterday morning that he has verbally committed to Auburn, The three-star Hoover High wide receiver chose Auburn over Mississippi State, Missouri, Georgia Tech & Memphis. The 247Sports composite ranks him as the No. 89 wide receiver in the Class of 2018 and No. 16 recruit in the state of Alabama. Jackson is Auburn’s seventh commitment in the 2018 class, joining quarterback Joey Gatewood, defensive end Daquan Newkirk, running back Shaun Shivers, athlete Kolbi Fuqua, and offensive linemen Jalil Irvin and Kameron Stutts.

Human Remains Identified

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Human skeletal remains of a suspected murder victim found during September of 2015 in a remote wooded area in Lee County were identified yesterday after a DNA profile. The victim is Jeffery Michael Sharritt, 35, of Phenix City, his death remains under investigation. Sharritt was last seen in July of 2014, but he was never reported missing, according to Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones. The victim was unemployed at the time. “On Sept. 20, 2015, at approximately 4:16 p.m., the Lee County Sheriff’s Office was notified by property owners after they discovered what appeared to be a human skull and other human skeletal remains in a wooded area near a creek bed northeast of Lee Road 241 in Salem,”. The remains were sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for analysis before being forwarded to the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. Sharritt’s death is being ruled a homicide, Jones said.

TEBOW PROMOTED

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— Tim Tebow (TEE’-boh) is moving up and heading south — to some very familiar territory. Tebow has been promoted to the New York Mets’ high Class A affiliate in St. Lucie, Florida. The 29-year-old Tebow led the University of Florida to two national championships in football and won the 2007 Heisman Trophy during his stellar career with the Gators. Tebow entered his final game with Columbia batting .222 with three home runs and 23 RBIs.

Auburn couple found dead Saturday Identified

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Sunday authorities  released the names of an Auburn couple found dead Saturday from a suspected domestic violence incident. The victims were identified as Daniel A. Gray, 40 and Kimmerly R. Gray, 38.  Auburn Police  and Lee County coroner confirmed the identities and are investigating the case as a suspected domestic incident that occurred at the couple’s residence in the 700 block of Hunter Court in Auburn. Preliminary findings indicate a domestic incident occurred at the residence resulting in the death of Kimmerly, after which Daniel died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot injury, authorities reported. Police went to the residence on Saturday in response to a welfare-concern call to 911. When they arrived, officers located the couple deceased inside their residence, according to a release from Auburn police. Lee County Coroner Bill Harris responded to the scene and pronounced them deceased at 2:45 and 2:46 p.m.

Thief Breaks into Local Car Dealership-flees police on I-85.

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-Auburn police arrested a 21-year-old Auburn man Wednesday and charged him with first-degree theft of property, first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespassing. Damion D. Johnson was arrested after police responded to an alarm at an automobile dealership in the 2000 bock of South College Street around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, officers saw a 2009 Chevrolet Impala crash through a gate at the rear of the business shortly after arriving on the scene. Officers pursued the vehicle, traveling northbound on I- 85. During the pursuit the vehicle swerved, struck a passing 18-wheeler & left the roadway. Johnson was taken into custody. Further investigation revealed Johnson had entered the dealership’s fenced-in property, and had stolen the vehicle he used to flee from police.

The Countdown is On!

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Auburn’s fall camp has a start date, meaning the offseason finally has an end date. Coach Gus Malzahn tweeted a picture of a countdown clock inside Auburn’s weight room, which shows 38 days, until the start of practice. That means the team will hold meetings Sunday, July 30th before starting practice later that week. It gives the Tigers approximately 5 weeks before their Sept. 2nd opener against Georgia Southern. The countdown truly begins during next month’s SEC Media Days.

Opelika Police Still Searching for Armed-Robbery Suspect

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… a victim reported being robbed at gunpoint and assaulted with a gun at Circle K 1200 Columbus Parkway yesterday morning. The victim reported he was in the washroom of the convenience store when the suspect approached him, produced a firearm and demanded the mans  property. The assailant struck the victim in the face with the the gun & it went off. No one was struck by the bullet. the suspect fled the scene on foot. The victim received minor injuries to the face and was taken to EAMC. The suspect is described as a black male. He may have gray facial hair & was wearing all black clothing.

Mize earns another All-America honor

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 Mize has been named to the 2017 ABCA/Rawlings Second Team. Mize went 8-2 with a 2.04 ERA for Auburn, he ranked third in the SEC in ERA and led the nation with a 12.1-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, finishing with 109 strikeouts to just nine walks. His 109 strikeouts were the most by an Auburn pitcher since Brent Schoening had 151 during the 1999 season. Mize, was previously named a Perfect Game/Rawlings Third Team All-American and a Baseball America Third Team All-American