Burning body found in Birmingham woods identified as woman missing after going to Facebook meetup

The body of a woman found burning in a Birmingham wooded area has been identified as a woman reported missing on Wednesday.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Jermiera Ivory Fowler. She was 31, lived in Birmingham and had two children.

Fowler’s burned body was discovered about 9 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of Sellers Road on the city’s east side. Police had responded to the location after receiving a report of a burning body.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service extinguished the flames and pronounced Fowler dead on the scene.

Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said medical examiners determined Fowler had sustained a gunshot wound.

Earlier Thursday, Birmingham police had issued a missing alert for Fowler, saying she had last been seen about 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of 41st Street North. She was driving a white Nissan Versa Note.

Police said Fowler had not been seen or heard from since she left home to reportedly meet someone to make a purchase from Facebook Marketplace.

Officer Truman Fitzgerald on Friday said investigators can’t confirm that Fowler was actually going to meet someone to make a purchase.

No arrests have been made.

Birmingham homicide

Birmingham police investigate a homicide in the 200 block of Sellers Road, where a woman’s burned body was discovered by officers.

Fowler is Birmingham’s 55th homicide this year. Of those, one was an officer-involved shooting by an outside law enforcement agency. Three others have been ruled justifiable and therefore aren’t deemed criminal.

In all of Jefferson County, there have been 75 homicides, including the 55 in Birmingham.

Anyone with information is asked to call Birmingham homicide detectives at 205-254-1764 Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.