published Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Body of missing Ohio woman may have been found

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    This undated picture released by the FBI shows 84-year-old Richard Russell and his 85-year-old wife, Gladis. Sam Littleton was charged in absentia with murder Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 after the body of his girlfriend's 26-year-old daughter was found in the basement of a home he shared with her mother. Police also want to question him about the disappearance of the Russells, who haven't been heard from since Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/FBI)

The body of an Ohio woman missing since Feb. 16 may have been found in south Georgia.

A body matching the description of Gladis Russell, 85, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, was found in a cotton field near Vienna, Ga., according to police.

The body of her husband, 84-year-old Richard Russell, was found Feb. 26 off Lightfoot Mill Road in Chattanooga.

Samuel Littleton II told police that he stole the couple’s car and killed them. He left their home in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and traveled through several states on Interstate 75.

Brad Kunze, police chief in Bellefontaine, said the body found in south Georgia has not been positively identified as Gladis Russell. The GBI, FBI and Bellefontaine police are working together to ID the body, he said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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