According to Sheriff Rick Harris, the four people who were found dead were being investigated by authorities in Tennessee and the FBI for child sex abuse and child pornography.
The dead, Kevin Michael Carey, 30, Andy Keith Hunt, 38, Robert Samuel Hamrick, 30, and Kristie Hunt Campbell Hamrick, 39, are all listed as living at the same address in Savannah, Tenn.
On Sept. 27, a friend of Carey said he met with the foursome on I-22 near Hamilton. He said Carey told him that they were being accused of serious crimes in Tennessee and were planning to kill themselves rather than be taken into custody. Later that day, Robert Hamrick met his sister near Dora and asked for food and cigarettes.
On Oct. 2, according to the sheriff, Hunt, who was driving the vehicle, walked around the car and shot Carey, in the passenger seat first. Carey was shot twice with a Mossberg 500A 12-gauge pump shotgun.
Investigators said Hunt then shot the Hamricks in the back seat. Hunt then returned to the driver’s seat, closed the driver’s door and shot himself in the head with the gun.
Later that afternoon, a witness called the Winston County Sheriff’s Office to report an abandoned vehicle near Winston County Road 327 in Black Pond.
When authorities arrived, they found the bodies inside the vehicle, a white Mazda. The vehicle was running, the radio and windshield wipers were on. All the doors were closed and the windows were rolled down. The gun was found outside the driver’s door.
Each victim had handwritten and signed a statement declaring their innocence in the charges, directing authorities on contacting family members and making funeral requests. Those statements have been sent to the FBI’s lab in Quantico, Va.
The shotgun was originally purchased in Jasper in 1995, but the investigators are working to determine the ownership history. Carey’s mother lives in Hamilton and Robert Hamrick had relatives throughout the area.
Hunt and Kristie Hamrick are siblings and Robert Hamrick is Kristie Hamrick’s ex-husband. Kristie Hamrick was in possession of the driver’s license of Robert Hamrick’s current wife, Amanda Hamrick. With all the victims unrecognizable due to the gunshot wounds to the head, this led authorities to originally misidentify the female victim as Amanda Hamrick.
Autopsies were performed on the victims by the Alabama Department of Forensic Science and toxicology results are still pending.