Georgia authorities search for missing Ohio couple

AP News
Posted: Feb 26, 2011 6:23 PM
Georgia authorities search for missing Ohio couple

Authorities in south Georgia are still searching for the remains of a missing elderly Ohio couple whom they believe were the victims of foul play.

Samuel K. Littleton II was arrested Wednesday in West Virginia, where officials found the car belonging to 84-year-old Richard Russell and his 85-year-old wife, Gladis. Police say Littleton, who is charged in a separate stabbing death, told them he dumped the couple's bodies in a Georgia cotton field on his way to Florida.

Authorities on Thursday began searching about 180 miles along the Interstate-75 corridor in Georgia.

Lt. Stryde Jones with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office in Valdosta said Saturday they hadn't found any evidence of the couple. He said the information south Georgia authorities got was so vague that "it's a literal needle in a haystack."