Police await dismembered body report

Troup County authorities say it could be next week before they receive any information from the Georgia Crime Laboratory in Atlanta about the dismembered body dumped in five garbage bags and burned along Stitcher Road north of LaGrange late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Lt. Rick Massie with Troup County Sheriff's Department said the investigation is continuing, but there was no new information to release about the case until crime lab specialists can examine the remains.

Authorities suspect the body is that of a black or Hispanic woman, he said.

The body was discovered along road right of way shortly before 7:41 a.m. Thursday by a resident on the way to work, Massie said. An attempt had been made to burn body parts at the site, using Domino's Pizza coupons that were intact enough to read the names of three Metro Atlanta towns: Chamblee, Hiram and Doraville, leading authorities to suspect the person may have been slain in the Atlanta area and brought to the rural residential area of Troup County to be dumped.

Massie said the hands and feet were missing, but he could not say whether the head was in one of the bags. Some bags were partially open from being torn and set afire. They were discovered about 95 feet from the intersection of Whitfield and Stitcher roads, less than a mile from Callaway High School.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation helped Troup investigators work the crime scene Thursday, said GBI Agent in Charge Rodney Wall with the Greenville GBI office. The body was sent to the state lab for analysis. Until that examination is done, such information as the estimated age, sex, cause of death and whether clothing was found will not be available, Massie said.

Anyone with information about the case or about a missing person from this area should call investigators with the Troup County Sheriff's Department at 706-883-1616.