Authorities now have a name connected to the remains found in the woods of southern McDuffie County. And it is the name of a person reported missing earlier this year.
The GBI's crime lab positively identified the body last Thursday as Thomson native Lula Bell Scott, according to Gary Nicholson, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Thomson office.
Three hunters spotted Ms. Scott's remains just after entering the woods along Story-Randall Road around 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 4. The 48-year-old Ms. Scott lived in the 2800 block of Brentwood Way in Hephzibah.
Initially, authorities were unable to determine the gender, age or race of the body because of its state of decomposition. The GBI's crime lab used dental records to gain a positive identification, Agent Nicholson said.
McDuffie County Coroner Rhusha Mack said determining the time of death was nearly impossible because of the recent weather's effects on the remains. Once a positive identification was made, authorities were able to connect a few dots.
Ms. Scott had been missing for at least two months, according to Assistant Chief Jerry Stanphill of the Thomson Police Department. Family members, who live in Thomson, filed a missing persons report with the TPD on Sept. 3, he said.
Agent Nicholson said the GBI will continue to conduct interviews to find out who the last people were to see Ms. Scott and to determine if foul play is suspected.