TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Human remains were found in a wooded area near Coolidge, Thomas County last week, and investigators are still trying to identify the person. These remains were discovered ten days ago by a worker at 188 State Road.
The coroner did a review on the remains, but WCTV is still waiting for confirmation of who this person is.
WCTV was told that at least five people are missing in the southwest Georgia area and officials said they wanted to be careful about whom they give hope.
Two people are missing in Thomas County, Marlena Hurst, 44, who has not been seen since December 2020, and Lonnie Travis, 55, who was last seen on February 11th.
Thomas County Sheriff’s Office Captain Tim Watkins said, “We’re trying our best to find those who are missing.”
About 30 miles away in Colquitt County, two women are missing, Courtney Graham, 31, who was last seen over a year ago, and Tracy Gleason, reportedly in his fifties, who was last seen on video in 2018.
“We wanted to contact the Thomas County Sheriff’s office immediately and work with them to identify the remains,” said Justin Lindsay, first sergeant, Moultrie Police Department.
After skeletal remains were found between the two counties, Moultrie officials said they wanted to work with Thomas County immediately.
Captain Watkin said he doesn’t believe the remains found belong to Hurst or Travis based on the time frame the remains were in the forest and when they disappeared.
Sgt. Lindsay said MPD cannot close the community yet.
“As soon as we can find out, we can share any information we have with the families,” said Sgt. Lindsay.
Captain Watkins said he’s just waiting for the state anthropologist’s findings to identify the remains, which hopefully will soon provide answers on someone’s family.
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