Son of missing Birmingham man charged with corpse abuse after human remains found in backyard grave

The son of a Birmingham man missing since late September has been charged with abuse of corpse. Ledarius “Tre” Cash, 30, is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on $250,000 bond for the felony charge.

According to charging documents, Tre Cash “did knowingly and willfully abuse the corpse believed to be Donald Cash by burning and/or dismembering and/or improperly burying.”

Human remains were found in a makeshift grave Monday, Nov. 6, behind Tre Cash’s Brighton Road home.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday it is still working to use medical records to scientifically confirm a positive identity on those remains. Tre Cash was initially booked into the county jail on Sept. 29 on a charge of receiving stolen property involving two handguns. He was released the same day on bond.

He was booked back into the jail Nov. 8 on the abuse of corpse charge. His father, 52-year-old Donald Cash, was last seen Sept. 26. His truck was found one week later in Pratt City. Cash – the owner of Cash and Son Transport – was last seen that Tuesday working on his truck at his home in the 800 block of Knoxville Street in the Wylam area.

“That was the last time somebody saw him, and the last time family members talked to him was that day,’’ his sister, Tatum Cash, previously told AL.com.

“It’s just like he just vanished from the face of the earth,’’ his sister had said.

The case was immediately assigned to a detective with the Birmingham Police Department’s Special Victims Unit, and investigators said they were extremely concerned about his well-being.

At about 5 p.m. Nov. 6, investigators from the Crimes Against Persons Division and the Tactical Operations Division carried out a search warrant on a residence in the 1400 Block of Brighton Road, which is Tre Cash’s home. While conducting the search warrant, investigators saw what they believed to be a fresh pile of compost/topsoil in the backyard of the home. The area was made to look like a garden.
A cadaver dog was brought to the scene and alerted on the fresh compost pile. Investigators used shovels to remove dirt from the pile and discovered what appeared to be skeletal remains. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and determined the skeletal remains were human. The coroner’s office took possession of the remains.
On Wednesday, Nov. 8, the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office notified homicide detectives that the examination of the remains revealed the victim had been shot, said Sgt. LaQuitta Wade. Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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