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Police make arrest in Opelika homicide


By Alton Mitchell

The discovery of a body behind an East Alabama shopping center a little over a week ago has now lead to a homicide investigation that has ultimately resulted in the arrest of a West Georgia man for the death of another.

On April 8th police in Opelika discovered the body of a 50-year-old male behind the Crooked Creek shopping center along Columbus Parkway directly off of Interstate 85 in Opelika. The death of that male who was later identified as David Bradarvelt of Waverly Hall, Georgia seem suspicious to investigators in the Lee County city.

Police in Opelika began to ask questions about the discovery of the West Georgia man in Opelika which ultimately led to a suspect and his subsequent arrest. On Monday officials with the Opelika Police department issued a release stating that investigators in nearby Harris County, GA had arrested 63-year-old Michael George Dominguez for the death of Bradarvelt.

Police believe that the actual homicide took place in Harris County, GA and Dominguez transported Bradarvelt to Opelika in an effort to conceal the crime. Officials in Opelika are also working with the Harris County Sheriff’s department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on the case. Dominguez who is also from Waverly Hall was taken into custody by deputies in Harris County. Investigators on both sides of the Chattahoochee continue to investigate the death.