While patrolling the rim road on the evening of December 6th, seasonal ranger Jeston Fisher saw a fire in the canyon and asked for assistance in investigating it from Desoto State Park ranger Josh Hughes (the state park abuts Little River). As they got close to the scene, they heard shots and also saw what appeared to be a body burning. They moved to a safer area and contacted chief ranger Kim Kirk. Ranger Jimmy Dunn was called out to handle the investigation. A search of the scene by an Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) crime lab investigator led to the discovery of a .25 caliber handgun where the victim had been lying. The body was found a few feet from the fire, which evidence indicated the victim built. No positive identification had yet been made at the time of the report â an autopsy has been conducted, but the cause of death has not yet been released. Investigating are the ABI, the FBI and Cherokee County.