Update on Chelsea Death On Monday March 5th, 2018, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reported that deputies responded to a residence in the 5800 block of Shelby County Highway 39 in Chelsea to investigate a reported death. As released Monday, upon arrival deputies discovered one of the residents of the home was dead. The deceased has now been positively identified as Tracy Ward Austin, 68 years of age, from Chelsea, Alabama, and his death has been determined to be a homicide. The Shelby County Coroner’s Office and Sheriff’s investigators have been actively working trying to determine what caused Austin’s death and who may be responsible for it. They need the public’s help. The victim in this case died sometime Monday. The home is located close to the very busy intersection of Shelby County Highway 69 and Shelby County Highway 39 and someone may be a witness without knowing it. If anyone traveled either of those roads on Monday, after approximately 7:00 a.m., and saw anything suspicious, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at (205)669-4181, through the Secret Witness line at (205)669-9116 or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category. If you know who killed Tracy Ward Austin or have more information about this murder and want to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at (205)254-7777. A cash reward of up to $5,000 may be possible for information in this case.