published Friday, October 1st, 2010

Examination of Parker bones complete

Medical examiners have finished studying the skeletal remains of Theresa Parker, but a district attorney has not released their findings.

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    Staff Photo by Angela Lewis/Chattanooga Times Free Press Sep 23, 2010 - The Chattooga River is near the area where Theresa Parker's remains were found. Parker's estranged husband, Sam Parker, is currently serving a life sentence for her 2007 murder.

The skull of the Walker County 911 dispatcher had a small hole near her nasal cavity but officials were unsure what caused it, Chattooga County Sheriff John Everett said Thursday.

“They’re trying to figure out if bugs had burrowed through or [the hole] was from a gunshot,” he said.

Parker went missing in 2007. A Chattooga County farmer found a jawbone in a dry creek bed last week. More bones were discovered in a cornfield nearby and were brought to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta to be examined.

A GBI anthropologist examined Parker’s remains Wednesday, spokesman John Bankhead said.

The results were turned over to Floyd County District Attorney Leigh Patterson to release, he said.

Patterson said she would not release the results now and declined to say when the report would be publicized.

Parker’s estranged husband, Sam, was convicted of murder last year and sentenced to life in prison. He has filed a motion for a new trial.

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David Dunn, the public defender who represents Sam Parker, said he could not comment until he saw the report on Theresa Parker’s remains.

Theresa Parker’s sister, Hilda Wilson, said the family was told about the results of the examination but that she was too distraught to comment.

Meanwhile, family members are making preparations for Theresa Parker’s funeral but no date has been set.

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about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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