A press conference was held Wednesday, Jan. 8,  by the Arab Police Department and the Marshall County District Attorney’s Office to release information about a body found by firefighters while responding to a recent fire.

Arab Fire and Rescue were called to a house fire on Fourth Street NE near Arab High School about 3 a.m. Saturday.

While fighting the flames, firefighters discovered a person lying on a bedroom floor covered with blankets. Firefighters also discovered she had been shot. The body was identified as Heather Golden. She was 39 years old.

Firefighters said there were two points of origin for the fire – one in the left bedroom and one in a laundry basket in the utility room.

The reason for the fire, according to the AFR report, was “homicide concealment, destroy records/evidence.”

Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston told The Arab Tribune on Tuesday they were treating the case as a homicide since Golden appeared to have died from a gunshot wound.

Ralston also confirmed that Golden’s vehicle, which was missing from her residence, was located Sunday more than an hour away from Arab.

During the Wednesday press conference, Arab police and the Marshall County District Attorney's Office said Michael Lee Hammock, 35, of Huntsville, was arrested for the killing of Golden. He was charged with murder, first-degree arson and two counts of theft. His bond is $2 million. 

The Reporter contributed to this article.

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