Human remains found just off the Dolly Parton bridge last month have been identified.
On February 16, Baldwin County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a complaint that bones had been discovered by hunters at the north bound side of the General W. K. Wilson Jr. "(Dolly Pardon)" Bridge. Investigators responded and with assistance from the Alabama Marine Police discovered a human skull and (5) additional bones directly underneath the bridge just inside the Baldwin County line. These (6) bones were given to the Baldwin County Coroners Office and sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for further analysis.
Today authorities say the remains are those of Willie Earl Baker. He has been missing since 2009. Baker was last seen on April 30, 2009 while at work at the Alabama State Docks.
He was identified by dental records. The Prichard Police Department has been notified of this discovery of their missing person's case and a joint investigation has begun into the death of Willie Earl Baker.