Sunday, July 21, 2024

Doctoral student from Atlanta found dead in a shed in Birmingham, police are searching for his boyfriend, who was the last person to see him


Authorities in Alabama are on the hunt for the partner of an Atlanta doctoral student who tragically was found dead in Birmingham shed, just two days after mysteriously disappearing from a family-festive 4th of July gathering.

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The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office ruled the death of 31-year-old Deundray Cottrell as a homicide, although the exact circumstances surrounding his death remain undisclosed. Reports suggest that the focus of the investigation is on locating a key figure in the case – Cottrell’s boyfriend of three years, 31-year-old Julian Taylor Morris, who has been missing since Friday morning and was the last to see Cottrell alive.

What happened to Deundray Cottrell?

Deundray Cottrell found dead Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama.
Deundray Cottrell found dead Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama.
According to authorities, Cottrell was last spotted at approximately 10 p.m. on Thursday in the 7000 block of Fourth Avenue South. As reported by, Cottrell’s sister, Angelica Harris, mentioned that Cottrell and his partner, Morris, had arrived in Birmingham at 6 p.m. on Thursday to enjoy the festive occasion.
Harris shared with the media that her sibling resided in Atlanta, where he was employed in the marketing field and was pursuing a doctorate degree. She recalled that around 10 p.m., Cottrell mentioned he was heading upstairs to check on his dog due to the fireworks.

“He went and checked on the dog and I never saw him again,’’ Harris told

She shared that Morris was in the house too, but said he told them that he and Cottrell had a conversation before Cottrell left and ran through a backyard. While the family started their search for him, they stumbled upon Cottrell’s shades, phone, and a shoe. The family said they also observed Morris acting oddly, and strange, different from what they’ve known the past three years. 
Julian Taylor Morris is a persons of interest by the Birmingham Police Department in the death of his boyfriend.
Julian Taylor Morris is a persons of interest by the Birmingham Police Department in the death of his boyfriend.

Ring footage shows Cottrell running through yards

The family said they were able to track Ring camera footage from homes nearby that showed Cottrell running through yards and even jumping over a gate. The family believes he was running for his life.

Cottrell’s told the outlet that they saw Morris on Friday morning, but they did not see him after that, and he has not been seen since.

Morris was the last person to see Cottrell alive. He is described as a Black male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing 160 pounds.


  1. The sister isn’t telling something and instantly through the blame on Julian, but this man is also missing. I believe. He was scared of somebody in that house and if it was Julian why run through yards when your family is out front why not run to the front where the family was? Why jump out a window and off a balcony away from your family. He was running from that house and them people because that’s where the danger was. Julian is probably missing because he has also been hurt or unalive. Something isn’t right with that family. Sis is not giving all info hand has changed her story 3 times. The outcome of this case will be very shocking I’m sure

    • I was thinking the same exact thing. Why would his partner do something to him at the family house when he could have waited until
      They were headed back home or away from
      Them. And why would he be running away from the family or not screaming for help
      It was the partner and they were initially right upstairs. I guess we will see as the case unfolds. Prayers 🙏🏾


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