Authorities in Walker County, Alabama, are seeking information about the disappearance and death of a Mar-Jac Poultry employee who was last seen on December 17, 2020. A reward of $25,000 is being offered.

On the Walker County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Sheriff Nick Smith stated that the agency has identified persons of interest concerning the death of Summer Buzbee, who worked at the Mar-Jac Poultry plant in Jasper, Alabama. Law enforcement officers consider Buzbee’s disappearance and death to be suspicious.

“We are offering this reward to help expedite this investigation, because we believe that someone has direct knowledge of the facts of this case. We ultimately want to bring closure to Summer’s family, and bring to justice those responsible,” Smith stated.

“We have worked extremely hard on this case, and we know that we only have one shot in the courtroom. Obviously, we want this to be as (quick) as possible, but the reality is that every case presents a unique set of challenges. We feel that we know what happened, but proving it at this point is a different story. The Buzbee family has been outstanding through this, and understanding that this takes time.”


According to Smith, Buzbee was last seen on December 17, 2020, and was reported missing on December 21, 2020, by a roommate. She was living in the Saragossa area, a few miles north of Jasper.

Following the report of her disappearance, multiple searches for her were initiated. Her remains were found on February 4, 2021.

The Buzbee family issued the following statement: “We appreciate the Walker County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work this far. On behalf of our family, if you have ANY information, please come forward! Whether you think it’s small or anything at all, all information is important.”

People with information can contact the sheriff’s office by calling +1.205.302.6464.