Gruesome recovery
NCSO finds second severed hand of dismembered body

COVINGTON - Authorities recovered a second severed hand in the continuing search for a dismembered woman's remains in a wooded area off of Ga. Highway 212 in southern Newton County Wednesday night.

According to Lt. Bill Watterson, spokesman for the Newton County Sheriff's Office, the hand, which was described as water logged, was located by the same dog that found the severed foot which sparked the search.

Watterson said Thursday afternoon that all of the victim's extremities have been recovered; however, the head and torso are still missing.

Investigators have yet to be able to identify the victim, who is believed to be a white or Hispanic woman.

As of press time Thursday, investigators had conducted follow-up interviews with potential witnesses and were continuing to drag a nearby lake in hopes of recovering further remains.

The search for the dismembered victim got under way during the early morning hours Tuesday when an area resident came home to discover her dogs fighting over a human foot.

Given the closeness to Halloween, she initially thought that the foot may have been fake, but upon arriving at the scene, authorities confirmed that it was real.

Authorities asked that anyone with information about the case call the NCSO at 678-625-1403. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through the Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

E-mail joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.