Authorities suspect skeletal remains that of missing Pell City man
by David Atchison
PELL CITY — Authorities suspect that the skeletal remains found in a wooded area is that of a man who was reported missing more than a year ago.

In April 2012 a missing person report was filed for Forrest Ammel, 21, of Pell City, who at the time resided at 305 Brookhill Circle.

Ammel was a cook at the Waffle House in Pell City, and was last seen wearing black lounge plants, a white undershirt and black waffle shoes.

Authorities said the skeleton remains were found by two children playing in a wooded area off 20th Street North.

St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell said Monday it could be Thursday before the remains are positively identified by the Department of Forensic Sciences and the cause of death is determined.

Sgt. Don Newton, the public information officer for the Pell City Police Department, said police secured the scene where the bones were scattered late Friday.

He said it was too dark to process the scene, which was treated as a crime scene.

Newton said an officer was posted at the scene throughout the night and forensic experts arrived on the scene early Saturday morning to process the scene and collect evidence.

Newton said a cell phone, identification card and a firearm were recovered from the scene.

Newton said shortly after Ammel’s disappearance ground and air searches were conducted in the general area where the skeleton remains were discovered Friday but searchers failed to locate the man.

He said the skeleton remains were found about a half mile off 20th Street North in very rugged terrain.

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