SYLACAUGA, Ala. – On New Year’s Eve at 9 p.m., the Sylacauga Police Department responded to a call directing them to the shopping center at the corner or W. Fort Williams St. and U.S. Hwy. 280.

Officers found 24-year-old Cameron Bearden in a vehicle parked in the fire lane directly in front of the Piggly Wiggly at Fort Williams Square.

Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson told SylacaugaNews.com that Bearden was alive but in bad shape when officers arrived to the scene. Bearden was transported to Coosa Valley Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

The facts and cause of death in this case are very unclear two days later. Johnson explained the vehicle Bearden was found in was in that location for two or three hours before police were called to the scene.

SPD is still gathering information and awaiting facts from the autopsy report. The case is being investigated as a “suspicious death,” and Bearden’s body was sent to Alabama Dept. of Forensics in Montgomery for further examination.

SylacaugaNews.com is also actively seeking for more information.

According to Bearden’s social media profile, he lived in Stewartville and played athletics for Central of Coosa County High School during his days in secondary school.

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