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Body found in Georgia may be Gladis Russell



Local authorities confirmed Wednesday a body found around noon near Vienna, Ga., may be Gladis McColloch Russell, 85, who has been missing since Feb. 16.

“We believe it may be Gladis Russell,” said Logan County Prosecutor Gerald Heaton, “but we are awaiting positive identification. We should know more by tomorrow morning.”

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and FBI is working with local authorities to identify the body and will use dental records in the process.

A body believed to be that of Gladis Russell was found around noon Wednesday near Vienna, Ga., approximately 250 miles south of the Lightfoot Mill Road area near Chattanooga, Tenn., where her husband Richard's body was found on Feb. 26.


A farmer working his cotton field off a sandy road found the body of a slightly built woman bearing similar physical characteristics to Mrs. Russell.

Mrs. Russell’s husband, Richard Russell, 84, was found Feb. 26 in Chattanooga, Tenn., about 250 mile north of Vienna. He had been stabbed in the chest and beaten about the head.

Sammy K. Littleton, 37, is suspected of killing the couple at their County Road 91 property, concealing their bodies in their car and fleeing the area Feb. 16.

He was captured Feb. 23 in Princeton, W.Va., and is being held without bond at the Southern Regional Jail in Beckley.

He has been charged with murder, felonious assault, abuse of corpse and tampering with evidence in the Feb. 11 slaying of Tiffany Brown of Bellefontaine.

No charges have been filed in the Russells case.

Vienna is about 100 miles north of Valdosta, Ga., where a search for the couple took place the weekend of Feb. 26.

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