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Elaine Gentry’s Vehicle Recovered
2012-04-11

As reported yesterday, on April 10th, 2012, divers from the City of Calera Police and Fire Departments working with Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators discovered Carrie Elaine Gentry’s vehicle submerged in an abandoned quarry in Leeds, Alabama.  Ms. Gentry’s 2002 Lexus RX300 was successfully recovered today from the quarry and it is with great sadness that Sheriff Curry reports it contained an unidentified body. The body has been escorted to the Jefferson County Coroner/Medical Examiner’s Office for positive identification and an autopsy.  The vehicle has been secured for forensic examination.  The deceased’s identity will be released after all proper notifications have been made.

Sheriff Curry would like to personally recognize and thank all of the men and women from the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, Calera Police and Fire Departments, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, Leeds Police and Fire Departments, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI who helped in the recovery today.

Sheriff Curry would like to say, “We will wait on the identification and autopsy report before we draw any conclusions but this car and body did not end up in this quarry by accident.  We will not rest until we have answered all of the obvious questions and arrested whoever is responsible for this”.

 Ms. Gentry and her vehicle were reported missing on March 29th, 2012, and Sheriff’s investigators with many other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and the public have been searching for her since her disappearance.   

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office still needs the public’s help. Anyone with information about Carrie Elaine Gentry’s dissapearance and death, or any other information regarding this case is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers by calling (205)254-7777 or by going to the CrimeStoppers webpage at www.metrocrimetips.com.  Tips can be submitted online by selecting the “Submit A Tip” button and completing the tip form.  All calls and on-line tip submissions are completely anonymous.  You DO NOT have to give your name and you may receive a cash reward if your tip helps investigators solve this missing person’s case.

For information on Ms. Gentry’s disappearance, please visit the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office webpage at www.ShelbySO.com and click on the “Current News” button for related press releases.   Ms. Gentry’s picture and additional information can be found on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.shelbyso.com by clicking on the “Missing Persons/Persons of Interest” link and selecting her name.  Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators may be reached at (205)669-4181, or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

Elaine Gentry’s Vehicle Located
2012-04-10

On Tuesday, April 10th, 2012, divers from the City of Calera Police and Fire Departments working with Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators discovered Carrie Elaine Gentry’s vehicle submerged in an abandoned quarry in Leeds, Alabama.  Ms. Gentry and her vehicle were reported missing on March 29th, 2012, and Sheriff’s investigators with many other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and the public have been searching for her since her disappearance.  The discovery of her vehicle is an important break in this case.

Divers and Sheriff’s investigators will begin the long process of recovering her vehicle tomorrow and continue the search for Ms. Gentry.  Due to the location of the vehicle, and conditions investigators will have to wait until tomorrow to determine what is contained within it.  Sheriff’s deputies and Leeds Police officers will be present throughout the night at the quarry and no one will be allowed to enter the area.  The investigation at the quarry will resume at daybreak tomorrow.

Sheriff Curry spoke to the media today after Ms. Gentry’s vehicle was discovered.  His comments reflected the growing suspicion that her disappearance may not have been the result of a traffic accident or a medical event.  While all possibilities continue to be considered, the primary focus of the search will be at the quarry tomorrow.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office still needs the public’s help. Anyone with information about the disappearance of Carrie Elaine Gentry, or any other information regarding this case is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers by calling (205)254-7777 or by going to the CrimeStoppers webpage at www.metrocrimetips.com.  Tips can be submitted online by selecting the “Submit A Tip” button and completing the tip form.  All calls and on-line tip submissions are completely anonymous.  You DO NOT have to give your name and you may receive a cash reward if your tip helps investigators solve this missing person’s case.

For more information on Ms. Gentry’s disappearance, please visit the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office webpage at www.ShelbySO.com and click on the “Current News” button for related press releases.   Ms. Gentry’s picture and additional information can be found on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.shelbyso.com by clicking on the “Missing Persons/Persons of Interest” link and selecting her name.

Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators may be reached at (205)669-4181, or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

Sheriff Curry to Hold Press Conference to update Missing Carrie Elaine Gentry Case
2012-04-10

At approximately 5 p.m. today, April 10th, Sheriff Chris Curry will hold a press conference discussing developments in the Missing Persons case of Carrie Elaine Gentry of Chelsea.

The press conference will be held at the intersection of Shale Rd and U.S. Hwy 78 in Leeds.

Increased Reward for Carrie Elaine Gentry Information
2012-04-09

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is announcing an increased reward in the investigation of Carrie Elaine Gentry’s disappearance.  Ms. Gentry has been missing since March 29th, 2012.  The cash reward available for information that helps solve this missing person’s case has been doubled and could now result in a tipster receiving up to $10,000.  Specifically, Sheriff’s investigators need information regarding Ms. Gentry’s whereabouts or the location of her automobile, a silver 2002 Lexus RX300 with Alabama tag number 58G19T1.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Carrie Elaine Gentry, the location of her automobile or any other information regarding this case is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers by calling (205)254-7777 or by going to the CrimeStoppers webpage at www.metrocrimetips.com.  Tips can be submitted online by selecting the “Submit A Tip” button and completing the tip form.  All calls and on-line tip submissions are completely anonymous.  You DO NOT have to give your name and you may receive a cash reward if your tip helps investigators solve this missing person’s case.

For more information on Ms. Gentry’s disappearance, please visit the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office webpage at www.ShelbySO.com and click on the “Current News” button for related press releases.

Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators may be reached at (205)669-4181, or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

Reward for Carrie Elaine Gentry Information
2012-04-05

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the offer of a reward in the investigation of Carrie Elaine Gentry’s disappearance.  Ms. Gentry has been missing since March 28th, 2012.  An amount of up to $5,000 cash reward is available for information that helps solve this missing person’s case.  Specifically, Sheriff’s investigators need information regarding Ms. Gentry’s whereabouts or the location of her automobile, a silver 2002 Lexus RX300 with Alabama tag number 58G19T1.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Carrie Elaine Gentry, the location of her automobile or any other information regarding this case is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers by calling (205)254-7777 or by going to the CrimeStoppers webpage at www.metrocrimetips.com.  Tips can be submitted online by selecting the “Submit A Tip” button and completing the tip form.  All calls and on-line tip submissions are completely anonymous.  You DO NOT have to give your name and you may receive a cash reward if your tip helps investigators solve this missing person’s case.

For more information on Ms. Gentry’s disappearance, please visit the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office webpage at www.ShelbySO.com and click on the “Current News” button for related press releases.

Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators may be reached at (205)669-4181, or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

Update on Missing Person, Carrie Elaine Gentry
2012-04-02

2012-04-02
On March 29th, 2012, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing Shelby County resident.  Carrie Elaine Gentry, a 64 year old female from Chelsea, was reported last seen at approximately 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 28th.  She is described as 5’8” tall, approximately 185 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.  Gentry has no known medical issues that would explain her disappearance ,and her friends and family state this is very uncharacteristic. 

Gentry’s vehicle is also missing.  It is a 2002 Lexus RX300, silver in color with Alabama tag number 58G19T1.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, along with aerial support from The Alabama Department of Public Safety, have conducted extensive searches in the areas Ms. Gentry was last known to be.  Members of the City of Calera dive team have also assisted in a search of a nearby pond and stream.

Carrie Elaine Gentry’s picture and additional information can be found on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.shelbyso.com by clicking on the “Missing Persons/Persons of Interest” link and selecting her name.  A photo of a vehicle similar to the one Ms. Gentry owns will also be located here.

Information for Ms. Gentry may also be found on Facebook at The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office page.  Simply visit Facebook.com and search for Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.  The public is encouraged to “Like” the Sheriff’s Office page so they will receive continuous updates related to this case.  The public may also post comments to our updates related to the search for Ms. Gentry.

We need your help.  Anyone with information about Gentry or her whereabouts is urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at (205)669-4181, through the Secret Witness line at (205)669-9116 or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

Sheriff Curry will be available to provide additional information on the search for Ms. Gentry at 3:00 p.m. today, April 2nd, at the Chelsea City Hall located at 1611 Chelsea Rd.

Missing Person
2012-03-30

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in trying to locate a missing Shelby County resident.  Carrie Elaine Gentry, a 64 year old lady from Chelsea, has been missing since approximately 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 28th.  She is desribed as 5’8” tall, approximately 185 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.  Gentry has no known medical issues that would explain her disappearance and her friends and family state this is very uncharacteristic.  She is also a local pastor at St. Peter's Anglican Church on Montevallo Road in Birmingham.

Gentry’s vehicle is also missing.  It is a 2002 Lexus RX300, silver in color with Alabama tag number 58G19T1.

Carrie Elaine Gentry’s picture and additional information can be found on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.shelbyso.com by clicking on the “Missing Persons/Persons of Interest” link and selecting her name.

We need your help.  Anyone with information about Gentry or her whereabouts is urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at (205)669-4181, through the Secret Witness line at (205)669-9116 or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

 

Arrest Update 03/30/2012
2012-03-30

As reported earlier today, a local man wanted on numerous felony warrants was taken into custody on Interstate 65 southbound near the 230 mile marker by the US Marshal Service’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies.  Todd Sterling Miller, 43 years of age from Alabaster, has been arrested for the following charges and is currently receiving medical treatment at UAB hospital.

·         1 count of Assault first degree with a bond of $1,000,000.

·         1 count of Attempted Murder with a bond of $1,000,000.

·         4 separate counts of Probation Violation on the original charge of Receiving Stolen Property with a “No Bond” on each count.

Interstate 65 southbound near Calera was closed for approximately four hours today after Miller was apprehended but has since been re-opened.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is investigating every aspect of this arrest and all questions should be directed to their office.

Missing Person
2012-03-30

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in trying to locate a missing Shelby County resident.  Carrie Elaine Gentry, a 64 year old lady from Chelsea, has been missing since approximately 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 28th.  She is desribed as 5’8” tall, approximately 185 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.  Gentry has no known medical issues that would explain her disappearance and her friends and family state this is very uncharacteristic.  She is also a local pastor at St. Peter's Anglican Church on Montevallo Road in Birmingham.

Gentry’s vehicle is also missing.  It is a 2002 Lexus RX300, silver in color with Alabama tag number 58G19T1.

Carrie Elaine Gentry’s picture and additional information can be found on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.shelbyso.com by clicking on the “Missing Persons/Persons of Interest” link and selecting her name.

We need your help.  Anyone with information about Gentry or her whereabouts is urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at (205)669-4181, through the Secret Witness line at (205)669-9116 or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

I-65 Reopen
2012-03-30

At approximately 10:30 a.m. I-65 southbound from mile marker 231 to mile marker 228 was closed.  At this time I-65 in both directions is open to normal traffic.  Motorists are urged to continue to use extreme caution as they travel.

 
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