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Landfill search under way

Three agents with Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation began a search Monday for evidence at the Rumpke Landfill in Cincinnati as scheduled while 15 media organizations watched from a hill more than 300 yards away.

Rumpke Landfill northwest of Cincinnati, site of Monday's search. (EXAMINER PHOTO | TJ HUBBARD)

Molly Yeager with Rumpke said the company is cooperating fully with the investigation into the disappearance of Richard and Gladis Russell of rural Lewistown as it has been doing since after the first contact from investigators Saturday.

She said an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper recalled that the Russells’ metallic silver-green 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis (Ohio license PDG 13E) was parked late Wednesday near a Rumpke refuse container at a southbound roadside rest along Interstate 75 in Butler County.

The driver who collected the container Thursday morning told Rumpke officials the approximate location where he placed the load. It is about an acre area in the massive landfill northwest of Cincinnati.

Rumpke took steps to secure the area and move its daily collection operations away from the site.

Ohio’s largest landfill, the Rumpke facility accepts between 8,000 and 10,000 tons per day.

Ms. Yeager said she does not know how long BCI&I intend to be at the landfill.

The Russells may be with Samuel K. Littleton II, 37, a man wanted on warrants for murder, felonious assault, gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

He allegedly stabbed Tiffany Brown, 26, multiple times on Feb. 11. Her body was found under a pile of scrap wood in the basement after an overnight search Thursday of Mr. Littleton’s 729 Eastern Ave. residence, a property he and Ms. Brown’s mother, Deborah Neeley, purchased from the Russells in 2009.

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