UPDATE: (1/27/2022 4:45 a.m.) Mobile County Sheriff’s Office identified the body found as 47-year-old Daniel Mario Preslar. Investigators say they were able to identify Preslar through his pacemaker.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story identified the deceased as Daniel Mario Prestar, instead of the correct spelling “Preslar.”

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a man’s body was found at an unoccupied house on Lott Road Thursday morning. The MCSO told WKRG News 5 they believe the body is related to a criminal case more than a year old.

New details (2:00 p.m.):

The MCSO said the dead body, who they believe is a man reported missing in 2020, was found buried more than six feet underground beneath the house. Deputies had tried to find the remains on two previous visits to the house but stopped digging because they were concerned about whether or not the house would hold up.

Sergeant Mark Bailey from the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office talked about the process of discovering the body and thanked the tipster who led them there.

“The floor was taken up… the body was buried and the floor was replaced. No one would ever think to look under the house of an abandoned residence,” said Bailey. “We appreciate the information that led us here. Anyone else that we have not interviewed that may have information would be helpful to us.”

Additional reporting:

The body was discovered while the Sheriff’s Office searched the property. It was the third time in the ‘last few weeks’ the Sheriff’s Office had been on the property with a search warrant and the first time they found human remains, according to the MCSO.

MCSO said they were visiting the unoccupied home because they had “reliable tips” that a body was buried there. The MCSO would not elaborate on when they received the tip or whether the tip pointed to additional bodies.

MCSO did tell WKRG News 5 that they believe the body is related to a criminal case from about 13 months ago.

This is a developing story. WKRG News 5 will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.