Dig for bodies turns up evidence

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.

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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