published Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Chattanooga: Police to cease search for Ohio woman’s body

After an extensive search for the body of a missing Ohio woman, officials with the Chattanooga Police Department say they have no plans to resume the search Thursday.

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    Staff Photo by Tim Barber/Chattanooga Times Free Press Chattanooga Police Department Assistant Chief Tim Carroll shares the details of a male body found in Chattanooga last week. The body is that of an elderly Ohio man who disappeared along with his wife more than two weeks ago.

Police have “exhausted all resources and have searched all areas that fit into the parameters given by the suspect,” according to police spokeswoman Officer Rebecca Royval.

Investigators believe Gladis Russell, 85, and her husband, 84-year-old Richard Russell, both of Bellfontaine, Ohio, were victims of a homicide.

On Saturday, two men found the body of Richard Russell on Lightfoot Mill Road in Chattanooga. An autopsy showed that he died of a stab wound to the chest.

Searchers spent Tuesday and today in various locations, searching for Gladis Russell’s body, but came up empty.

Samuel K. Littleton II, who has been arrested and faces charges in connection with the killing of his girlfriend’s daughter in Ohio, told authorities he dumped the Russells’ bodies in separate places near Interstate 75, but he said it was somewhere in south Georgia.

Littleton has not yet been charged with Richard Russell’s death.

Investigators are still asking the public to call the Chattanooga Police Department at 423-698-2525 with any information that might be helpful in the case.

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