Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said Wednesday that a forensic analysis of Fred “Bubba” Copeland’s cell phone and other electronic devices shows no evidence of criminal activity.
The update should put an end to the whisper campaign against Copeland that has insinuated online posts revealed by 1819 News, a blog created by the Alabama Policy Institute, were merely the tip of the iceberg.
The blog had reported on the investigation into Copeland’s death—which Jones said Tuesday is a standard process—but insinuated the investigation may be connected to online posts Copeland made using the names and likenesses of people in the community.
Jones said in a statement Wednesday that the analysis “has not revealed any additional information relating to the action he took Friday afternoon or any evidence indicating any criminal law violations.”
Copeland took his own life Friday, two days after 1819 News published a post detailing his online posts in which he dressed in his wife’s clothing and wrote erotic fiction.
Two women have said they felt “victimized” by Copeland using their names and likenesses in stories and memes, some of which have found their way to various pornographic websites.
Jones said that there hasn’t been any reports filed of any criminal activity by Copeland.
The investigation into Copeland’s death is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 334-749-5651 or Central Alabama Crime Stoppers at 334-215-STOP(7857).