Originally created 08/28/00

Body still not identified



An autopsy performed Sunday on the badly decomposed body of a woman found in a pine thicket the day before failed to positively identify her, the Aiken County Coroner said.

But several people in the neighborhood where her remains were discovered think they know who she was.

Police would not confirm the residents' suspicions that the woman found lying about 100 yards behind a shed on Edgefield Highway was Connie Quattlebaum, who has been missing since July 10.

Coroner Sue Townsend tentatively identified the woman Sunday, but she would not release her name until more X-rays are taken. Because the body was badly decomposed, Mrs. Townsend said there were no obvious signs of what caused her death.

Authorities are looking for recent dental records because the ones they had were too old and inadequate, Mrs. Townsend said.

"Apparently the dental records were about 20 years old, and she had enough work done to make it unable to get a positive ID," said Aiken County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Michael Frank.

If they can't find those records today, results from toxicology tests will have to identify her. The coroner said she could not rely on fingerprints, either.

Two boys four-wheeling on a wooded path found the remains about 1 p.m. Saturday. At first they mistook the body for a dead animal, but then they saw clothes, said a neighbor who called 911.

Investigators said they believe the woman died at least 30 days ago.