BIRMINGHAM, Alabama April 16 2012– The body found in a vehicle recovered from a quarry in Leeds has been positively identified as that of Carrie Elaine Gentry, and authorities now consider the case a homicide, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said today.
Gentry, a 64-year-old minister from Chelsea, was found in her submerged 2002 Lexus RX300.
“Her death was not an accident and what was initially a missing person’s case is now a homicide investigation,” the sheriff’s office said in a written statement.
Investigators are examing the vehicle for evidence that will help prosecutors, and blood and DNA evidence already has been submitted for testing. The woman had been missing since March 28.
Sheriff Chris Curry said he was saddened by the case.
“This is not the resolution we had all hoped for and it saddens me that someone would take a life and then discard it this way. I have every belief that we will make an arrest in this case and bring Ms. Gentry’s killer to justice,” he said.
A statement issued on behalf of Gentry’s family and ministry called for forgiveness.
“We are sad that this crime was committed and this is not the story wewould have written for our friend,” the statement said. “We are, however, well aware that weare not The Author. Our prayer is that the person or persons who did this would quickly take responsibility for their actions, tell the truth, and let the healing process begin.”