CULLMAN, Ala. — Two friends of a man who was reported missing have been charged with murder after his body was found buried in the yard of an Alabama home.

The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office and Hartselle police on Tuesday announced the charges against Andrew Jacob Maresh, 19, and Tyler Stephen Hudson, 20, in the death of 22-year-old Daniel Ray Osborn II, AL.com reported. Osborn’s family and friends said in a Facebook post Tuesday morning the accused men were his friends, and had also shared posts and joined the Facebook group to help find him.

Osborn’s family said on Facebook that he was last seen on Feb. 3. On Feb. 20, they wrote that his car was found in a Baileyton junkyard with a flat tire.

Sheriff Matt Gentry said investigators responded to a residence in the Fairview community on Monday and found Osborn’s body. Gentry did not release a motive or cause of death but said the investigation is ongoing.

Authorities have not said what led to the arrests of Maresh and Hudson. Both men are held without bond and it is unclear if they have lawyers.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.