Originally created 08/22/06

Body found in wooded area



Columbia County authorities were called Monday afternoon to a wooded area between Harlem and Grovetown where land surveyors found human remains that may be those of a man missing since June.

Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said the surveyors located the remains shortly after noon. He added that investigators know a possible identity of the person found, but on Monday he wouldn't release the identity and circumstances surrounding the remains until a positive identification could be made.

Columbia County Deputy Coroner Vernon Collins said he has been contacted concerning the case and will be at the scene this morning to examine the remains before they are taken to a crime lab to be autopsied.

Mr. Collins said he hopes to identify the remains through dental or medical records.

A Columbia County sheriff's dispatcher said the remains had been found in a swampy area near Wrightsboro and Davis Powell roads near Grovetown.

Bobby Dixon, who lives on Davis Powell Road, said he saw two sheriff's vehicles drive down a grassy dirt road at a gated property next to his. He said a sheriff's official he spoke with Monday told him they had found the remains of Stephen Inglett, who has a home nearby on Harlem-Grovetown Road.

In June, authorities said they were looking for Mr. Inglett, 42, because he was wanted by U.S. Marshals on weapons offenses and had been reported missing in Columbia County.

JoAnn Dixon, who lives about two miles from Davis Powell Road, was with family members at Davis Powell on Monday and said she's becoming more concerned about the general area.

"We're kind of like the dumping ground,'' she said, referring to two other cases where bodies were found near Davis Powell. "... I'm starting to worry.''

It was Oct. 23, 2004, when hunters found the body of Thomas Wright III in a wooded area off Baker Place Road, which is about two miles away from Davis Powell.

The body of Tabitha L. Bosdell, 17, was found in September 2000 in a wooded area near Pumpkin Center, which is within four miles of Davis Powell. In that case, Reinaldo Rivera led investigators to the body and was later found guilty of her rape, aggravated sodomy and aggravated assault.

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