Search for bodies continues this morning

Search for bodies continues this morning
From Staff
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 8:16 a.m.

Richmond County investigators are back at a grassy lot off Cherry Street this morning to excavate in a search for bodies.
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Officers are waiting with FBI task force members to begin the excavation. A backhoe is on the scene.

"We're just waiting on some of the teams to get here, and then we'll start digging," investigator James Kelly said this morning.

Kelly said the digging would be a slow process because of the nature of the work, and that they expect the work to continue for a couple of days.

Sheriff's Investigator James Kelly said Wednesday that cadaver dogs indicated some remains might be buried at the site, which is off Washington Road near Longhorn Steak House.

Investigators were attempting to verify a caller’s report of a homicide. Sheriff’s Maj. Ken Autry said yesterday that a lot of questions remain and that it is not yet a homicide investigation. He said the sheriff’s office received the information via another law enforcement agency.

Investigators have not been able to match the caller’s details to any missing person cases and don’t believe right now that they match any open homicide case.

The major did not say whether investigators had located any bodies but said they did get enough information to pique their interest in searching the area further.

“I suppose what (investigators) found supported what they’re thinking,” Maj. Autry said.

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