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)
VIENNA, Ga. — A body found near a cotton field in south Georgia has been identified as a missing 85-year-old Ohio woman.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said Thursday an autopsy identified the body as Gladis Russell of Bellefontaine, Ohio. He said Russell was identified using dental records provided by the Logan County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio. He said investigators are still trying to determine the cause of death.
The body of her husband, 84-year-old Richard Russell, was found in late February in Tennessee.
Samuel K. Littleton II is suspected in the couple’s disappearance. Police said he told them he left Gladis Russell’s body in a “white, glowing field” off a side road along Interstate 75 as he drove to Florida.