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Police call off search for woman's remains
Investigators to follow leads, comb missing persons records

COVINGTON - The search for an unidentified woman's dismembered remains in a wooded area off of Ga. Highway 212 was called off over the weekend, according to Newton County authorities.

Lt. Bill Watterson, spokesman for the Newton County Sheriff's Office said that no other remains were located and that investigators are in the process of tracking down leads in the case.

"We haven't really discovered anything new," he said. "We are running down leads and following up on missing persons today."

So far, authorities have recovered all of the victim's extremities; 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.

Authorities had hoped that data collected from a global positioning system device placed last Thursday night on Foxy, the female Chow mix responsible for recovering the severed hand and foot of the victim, would yield more clues, but it did not, Watterson said.

"The GPS showed us where all the dog went, what lakes it visited, what areas of the lake it visited and those areas were dragged, as well, and it's produced no further evidence," the NCSO spokesman said.

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 ask that anyone with information 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.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com