published Friday, September 16th, 2011

Body found in woods during search for missing Dalton, Ga., man

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Dalton (Ga.) Police located a body in the woods near Autumn Ridge Apartments this morning, according to police spokesman Bruce Frazier.

Though the body has not been identified, Frazier said investigators were combing the woods looking for the remains of Ricky Long, who has not been seen since April of 2010.

Long was reported missing after reportedly making suicidal statements in the days leading up to his disappearance, officials said.

Investigators performed several searches of the area in the days and weeks following Long’s disappearance.

Today’s search was organized after developments in the year-long investigation led Dalton investigators to conduct another search of the woods by the apartmen

Officers and investigators from the Dalton Police Department, Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, Pardons and Paroles, Gordon County Sheriff’s Officer, the Dalton Fire Department and the GBI assisted with the grid search of the area.

Long, 47, was living at 600 Autumn Court, Apartment #600, at the time of his disappearance, Frazier said.

His roommate reported that he had made several suicidal statements in the days leading up to the day of his disappearance, April 22, 2010.

On that day, he reportedly left the apartment on foot and has not been seen since.

The body will be taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur, Ga., for identification and autopsy, Frazier said.

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