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Alabama sheriff: 2 of 4 found dead in car on secluded road faced child porn charges

Two of four people who were found dead in a vehicle on a secluded road in northern Alabama were facing child pornography and molestation charges in Tennessee, Alabama authorities said Thursday.

Winston County Sheriff Rick Harris said two people found fatally shot in a vehicle Wednesday night near Double Springs had court dates in Tennessee the day their bodies were discovered.

Authorities say the car containing the bodies was parked in the William B. Bankhead National Forest. The area is about 60 miles northwest of Birmingham.

Harris said the victims — three men and a woman — were from Tennessee. Their identities have not yet been released.

The victims' bodies were found in a white car with out-of-state license plates and authorities say a passer-by noticed the vehicle on her way to work. The woman called police when she noticed the car parked in the same place on her way home.

Throughout the day, Harris stressed that authorities believed the discovery of the bodies was an isolated incident.

"No one in our area was endangered or is missing at this point," he said. "To our knowledge, there's no one locally in our county involved."

Dozens of law enforcement officers were at the scene just south of the Double Springs area Thursday and police haven't identified any potential suspects in the slayings.

"We spent all night processing the scene and we took the vehicle to an indoor location to process the vehicle," Harris said Thursday morning.

Investigators were waiting on results of forensics testing. He said the Alabama Bureau of Investigation is assisting his agency with the case, as well as the coroner and district attorney's office.

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