SBI agent: Suspect’s mother was dismembered, mixed with non-human remains

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — More information has come about on the defiled remains found in Geneva County. 

Along with the dismembered body, non-human remains were also found in the burned car Wednesday. 

Dale County deputies led Chad Brogdon through the Dale County courthouse for his first appearance in front of a judge since being charged with murder and abuse of a corpse. 

Two days after Mother’s Day, a body was found inside a burnt vehicle right inside of Geneva County.  

“Once we can determine 100% sure who the vehicle’s registered to and the registered owner of the vehicle, then we can start backtracking that person,” said Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms the day after the car was found.

A partial vehicle I.D. led investigators to find that the car belonged to Penny Newton. Her son, 36-year-old Chad Dewayne Brogdon, was identified as a person of interest Wednesday.

Brogdon was later located by a Geneva County deputy and taken to the Geneva County Sheriff’s Office for questioning.

On Thursday, SBI agents obtained an arrest warrant for Brogdon, charging him with murder and abuse of a corpse.

In Brogdon’s hearing Friday, special agent Brian Harvin testified to what investigators found at the scene. 

According to Harvin, body parts such as an arm, part of a leg, a skull, ribs, and vertebrae were all found on the passenger’s side of the car. 

There was also a boot print found that visibly matched that of the ones Brogdon was wearing, and Harvin said that a cast of the boot print was made and will be compared to the boots, and pictures were taken at the scene. 

After receiving a search warrant for the home, investigators found purple and yellow nylon rope between the living and dining rooms. That same rope was also found at the crime scene.

In the garage of the home, a freezer was found, and when investigators opened it they discovered all the food had been removed except for the top shelf, and that blood was found inside. Samples of the blood were collected but it’s not known at this time who it belonged to.

Harvin said officers believe that the murder took place at the home and was then taken to Geneva County to be burned. Investigators did find a pour pattern of accelerant at the scene.

The cause of death is still pending, but Harvin said it looks as if the body was dismembered after death. 

Harvin also said he couldn’t give a statement at the time as they are still investigating, D.A. Kirk Adams also said he couldn’t speak at this point, and Brogdon’s attorney J. Nicholas Bull said to ask him at the preliminary hearing, which will be June 6 at 1:30 p.m.

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