Fo­cus shifts in body parts in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Nearby rivers searched for ev­i­dence

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Smith

The New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice has broad­ened their search for the re­mains of a dis­mem­bered wo­man to ar­eas other than the neigh­bor­hood where pieces of her body were ini­tially found.

NCSO Lt. Bill Wat­ter­son said in­ves­ti­ga­tors have shifted their fo­cus from the ini­tial crime scene to nearby rivers in an ef­fort to lo­cate the rest of the wo­man’s body.

“We feel pretty cer­tain that we have searched ev­ery­where that the re­mains could be out there,” Wat­ter­son said.

Thus far, in­ves­ti­ga­tors have lo­cated the wo­man’s limbs but not her head or torso. Wat­ter­son said the wo­man was ei­ther white of His­panic. An at­tempt to iden­tify the vic­tim through her fin­ger­prints was un­suc­cess­ful.

“Right now we are fol­low­ing leads and anony­mous tips and would ask the pub­lic to con­tinue their help with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion with any in­for­ma­tion they have,” Wat­ter­son said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have con­tacted lo­cal meat pro­cess­ing plants for pos­si­ble miss­ing equip­ment, but the search turned up no new leads.

The wo­man’s re­mains were found Oct. 30 af­ter a wo­man no­ticed her dogs fight­ing over the vic­tim’s foot. An ex­ten­sive search of the area re­vealed the wo­man’s arms, legs, feet and hands in sep­a­rate pieces.

The Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion and the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources also par­tic­i­pated in the search. Nearby lakes were dragged and the woods around the crime scene were searched with ca­daver dogs.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors even used a Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem chip to track the move­ments of the dog who found the foot, but the in­quiry turned up noth­ing new.

If you have in­for­ma­tion about this crime, please call the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice at (678) 625-1403. Tips may also be given anony­mously at (678) 625-5007 or on their Web site www.new­ton­sh­er­if­fga.org.

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