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UPDATE: Deputies halt search; Chattanooga body ID'ed

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Authorities say a body found over the weekend in Chattanooga, TN, is that of an elderly Ohio man who disappeared along with his wife more two weeks ago.

Chattanooga Police say dental records were used to identify 84-year-old Richard Russell. A man suspected in their disappearance told police last week that he had dumped their bodies in Georgia on his way to Florida.

Authorities believe that since the Chattanooga body is that of Mr. Russell, that Mrs. Russell never made it as far south as Lowndes County, and they have stopped their search at this time.

Samuel Littleton was driving on Norman Drive in Valdosta in the Russell's car February 18. A Valdosta police officer attempted to stop the mercury marquis for a headlight violation. It wasn't known the driver was a murder suspect.

Days later a BOLO (be on the look out) was put out on the car and suspect. The Valdosta police officer recognized the description. Police then notified Ohio authorities and sent them dash cam video from the officer's car.

Samuel Littleton remains in jail in West Virginia and is fighting extradition to Ohio.


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