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Body of missing Ala. woman found

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Posted: Feb 27, 2014 12:24 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Feb 27, 2014 12:24 PM
Source: WWL

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Topics: melinda denny, madisonville, body found, missing woman, jonathan nall

MADISONVILLE - Searchers found the body of a missing Alabama woman Thursday morning near Madisonville, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said search crews found 26-year-old Melinda Denny's body in a field near Brewster Road. The teams had been searching I-12, Highway 1077 and Highway 21 for several days before focusing on Brewster Road.

Investigators said Denny was last seen with her boyfriend, Jonathan Nall, early Saturday morning. Family members told deputies they were traveling through Louisiana toward Texas, and were stranded in a parking lot without gas or money.

Later that day authorities said Nall got into a standoff with deputies for hours outside a Madisonville gas station, and was holding a gun to his head threatening to commit suicide. Deputies arrested him for terrorizing and said Denny was nowhere to be found.

Sheriff Jack Strain said during the standoff and later interviews with detectives Nall made several claims about the government and aliens. He was booked into a psychiatric hospital before being moved to jail.

Strain said he was confident their investigation would lead to Nall's arrest for Denny's death. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death for her.

IMAGE: WWL-TV

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