Coroner: Positive ID on woman found in Warm Springs grave

benw@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 21, 2013 

A missing finger on the right hand helped family members identify Annie Bell Jarrett, the Shiloh woman found in a shallow grave Wednesday in Warm Springs, Ga., authorities said.

Meriwether County Coroner Johnny Worley said the identification of Jarrett was made on Friday after talking with her two sisters. Past medical history on scars and the missing finger from surgery were key information. Jarrett had worked at Cagle’s chicken plant in Pine Mountain Valley, Ga.

“We were able to get a positive identification,” he said.

Jarrett, 63, was found in a shallow grave on property in Warm Springs where she and her boyfriend had stayed before she went missing on Tuesday. The boyfriend hasn’t been identified. He is being held in the Harris County Jail where he is charged as a felon in possession of a firearm. No one has been charged in the death of Jarrett.

Worley said all the information was positive in helping to confirm her identity. Authorities were 99 percent sure that the body was Jarrett early in the investigation.

“There is always that little picture you are not sure of,” the coroner said.

While the family is planning Jarrett’s funeral, Wayne Smith, agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said agents still have interviews to complete and determine a cause of death. There are still results pending from tissue and blood work, he said.

“It will take a little bit to get that,” Smith said. “That’s where we are right now.”

Jarrett’s funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, according to Sewell Funeral Home in Manchester, Ga. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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