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Default Missing WF, 20 found murdered, buried in Tuscaloosa County, AL well; white mane, negro charged


Willoe Watkins found murdered, buried in Tuscaloosa County well; 2 charged
Updated Jul 29, 11:01 AM

The body of a young woman missing from west Jefferson County for more than a month was recovered early Monday from a Tuscaloosa County wel

Marka “Willoe” Watkins, 20, was reported missing June 15 by her grandmother. She had not been seen or heard from since then, and authorities believe she was murdered at the time of her disappearance and dumped in the well.

On Sunday, according to the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit, investigators received a tip about the possible location of Watkins, said Capt. Kip Hart. Following up on the tip, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies located a vacant house with a well on the property at 10517 Will Walker Lane in Tuscaloosa County.

With the assistance of Tuscaloosa County Road and Bridge Department, investigators excavated a large area and located a body at the bottom of the well.

The body, Hart said, has been tentatively identified as Watkins. Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes and Jefferson County investigators were able to identify several people involved in the disappearance and death of Watkins. "We believe Watkins was at one of the suspect’s residence in the 20000 block of Tanya Dr. in Tuscaloosa County when she was assaulted and killed. The suspects then drove her to the address on Will Walker Lane to dispose of the body,'' Hart said.

Authorities have charged Kendal Tyler Battles, 29, and Joseph Brandon Nevels, 20
, with murder and abuse of a corpse. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.
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