Dig for bodies turns up evidence

Thursday, Aug 6, 2009 12:08 PM
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Just a few hours into the search for buried bodies in a vacant lot near Washington Road, authorities said today that they had recovered possible evidence from the dig site.

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Investigators began examining the scene after receiving information from an out-of-state law enforcement agency that an informant claimed bodies were buried in the lot, which is on Cherry Street.  Annette M. Drowlette/Staff
Annette M. Drowlette/Staff
Investigators began examining the scene after receiving information from an out-of-state law enforcement agency that an informant claimed bodies were buried in the lot, which is on Cherry Street.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Scott Gay said at a news conference that it would be “improper” to go into any further detail at this time. He said investigators have begun digging at one of two sites where cadaver dogs indicated Wednesday that bodies might be buried and that the work was slow-going.

“This is not an easy task we’re working on, and it's in our best interest to go slow and precise,” Lt. Gay said.

Investigators began examining the scene after receiving information from an out-of-state law enforcement agency that an informant claimed bodies were buried in the lot, which is on Cherry Street. He said the woman was being interviewed by the FBI, which is also assisting the sheriff’s department with the recovery process. Lt. Gay said while it is still early in the investigation, police do not have reason to believe that information the informant gave matches any missing person cases in Richmond County. Instead, he said, investigators were taking a much closer look at older cold case files. Until a few years ago, Lt. Gay said, three houses stood on the vacant lot.

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 08/06/09 - 01:00 pm
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Interesting...where is Tony

Interesting...where is Tony Soprano in all this?

stillamazed
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stillamazed 08/06/09 - 01:37 pm
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Bodies? Are we talking a

Bodies? Are we talking a serial killer burying bodies here? I wonder who the informant is ans why did she come forward at this time? Interesting to find out the details, I guess we have a real mystery here.

roundaboutway
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roundaboutway 08/06/09 - 01:38 pm
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Reminds me of Randy Travis's

Reminds me of Randy Travis's song.. "Diggin up bones.."

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 08/06/09 - 01:46 pm
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Oh, okay...when they first

Oh, okay...when they first said the police dogs were digging stuff up around Longhorn's, I wasn't that surprised. I've thrown many a t-bone out the window on my way outta Longhorn's and thought they may have just found a few of'em! Uh..sorry! Just trying to make a joke!

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SusieQ 08/06/09 - 02:05 pm
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This is really a no joking

This is really a no joking matter. What if they find someone from your family there? Some people try to make a joke out of everything. This is awful, hope they find out something soon.

Lost In Translation
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Lost In Translation 08/06/09 - 02:12 pm
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Just My Opinion...you have

Just My Opinion...you have been trying to tell a lot of "jokes" on here lately. You're not funny by any means! I think you're pathetic. You keep joking about all of these horrible things and one day it will catch up to you! One day you will be effected by some horrific event that involves you, your family, or your friends and you won't think it's so funny anymore! Get a life! And really this goes to the rest of you people that want to make jokes about all of the stuff on the AC website!

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g-dog express 08/06/09 - 02:22 pm
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Chill out!!!!!!! The joke may

Chill out!!!!!!! The joke may have been over the top but the responses about it are equally over the top. Don't curse the person, pray for them.

whitegryl
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whitegryl 08/06/09 - 02:24 pm
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i've been there before the

i've been there before the houses were torn down. suprising. bodies,?

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sugarbutton 08/06/09 - 02:38 pm
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so much hostility....that's

so much hostility....that's sad! glad i don't have the time or a place in my life for it....

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calihali 08/06/09 - 03:12 pm
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To Just My Opinion: Please

To Just My Opinion: Please think how you would feel if you had a missing friend/relative at this time. I'm sure you wouldn't make jokes about discarded bones and you would surely be upset if others joked about the news. I'm sure there are people out there now that are on pins and needles, perhaps some of them are even missing a child. Please think about it before you make another joke.

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christie 08/06/09 - 03:14 pm
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Responding to the Aug 6, 2009

Responding to the Aug 6, 2009 2:37 PM It could be a number of reasons: maybe the informant came forward to get back at whomever she knew did it after the relationship went bad, maybe she is locked up and booked on something and she is ratting someone out to get less time, maybe it has been eating her up knowing it. It could be a number of reasons but we will find out soon enough.

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rmorris30907 08/06/09 - 04:30 pm
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I wonder how long the bodies

I wonder how long the bodies have been buried there. I do know that some of the houses in Harrisburg were built over an old cemetary and there are graves under the houses.

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themaninthemirror 08/06/09 - 05:26 pm
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Well, if you have some

Well, if you have some "skeletons" on Cherry Street, it is time to start worrying. This is no laughing matter though. But hopefully all the details will come out and we will know the story.

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Lumbarsupport 08/06/09 - 06:24 pm
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Never in the field of law

Never in the field of law enforcement have so many owed so much to one man. Lt. Gay is an example to all of the Richmond County Police of what one man can do, by himself, to solve and prevent crimes. If only the rest of the police officers could follow your example.

GnipGnop1
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GnipGnop1 08/06/09 - 08:44 pm
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I heard that it was a female

I heard that it was a female informant that wanted to get something off her chest and the info came from a outside law enforcement agency.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 08/06/09 - 08:51 pm
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calihali, I appreciate your

calihali, I appreciate your reaction to my post...you were polite, respectful, and to the point. Lost in Translation, due to your response, I don't really care what you think of me or my post. For your information, I work in the health care field, and this is pretty much how many of us react to tragic situations. This is the way that we can cope with death, injury, illness, and other horrific things that we experience almost daily. We don't expect lay-people to understand. If we don't find some way of coping with things like this, we would go nuts from depression! It's the same with policemen and firemen. Go ahead..ask anyone who has been in the health field, police work, or fire fighting for several years if they "try to be funny" about things like this. I just came home from helping a man get his leg re-attached from an accident...what have YOU done today? Now, I am through trying to explain myself to you. I think maybe you spend too much time worrying about what other people post. Just read the articles and you'll get less ulcers. And if you see my name attached to a post, don't read it.

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1941 08/07/09 - 05:42 am
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just my opion; You chose the

just my opion; You chose the job, we don't have to care how you deal with what you see, or do! Just keep it to yourself, this is not the place to try and be funny!!!

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