[UPDATE] Valdosta Police Dig for Remains of Missing Woman

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

UPDATE 11/23 at 5:29 p.m. --

Investigators have concluded that there are no remains of Velma Scott at a Mill and Clark Street lot.

Scott was 28 when she went missing and was last seen visiting her boyfriend at a house on that site in May 1989.

The investigation has been turned over to VPD's cold case unit.

Anyone with knowledge of Scott's disappearance is encouraged to call the Crime Tip Line at 229-293-3091.


UPDATE 11/22 at 5:38 p.m. --

After digging and siphoning through debris since Thursday, police have concluded there is no body at this site.

They called in four cadaver dogs today to do a final sweep for any human remains but the canines didn't alert them to anything unusual.

The site will be turned over to construction crews to complete the demolition project.

The investigation is being re-opened as a cold case and police encourage anyone with information to come forward.


UPDATE 11/19 at 5:32 p.m. --

Investigators found a bone while searching for the remains of a missing Valdosta woman last seen 21-years-ago.

Just after noon Friday, Valdosta police requested an anthropologist to determine whether the bone is from a human.

Cadaver dogs sniffed around this Mill Street lot Thursday, alerting police to focus their excavation here.

But they say these special canines also return false-positives, meaning they may smell methane from a decomposed animal or nearby sewer line, too.

The bone was found while officers were digging two-feet into the ground.

"We have located a bone, a partial bone anyway," said Childress. "We had some expert, an anthropologist come out and take a look at the bone. The initial indication is this bone is not human."

Police say the bone will be analyzed further.


Around 3 p.m. Wednesday, police say three people told construction workers demolishing an abandoned house that a woman's body is buried underneath it, according to Commander Brian Childress, with the Valdosta Police Department.

That lead officers to re-open a 1989 missing persons case, in which a woman was last seen at her boyfriend's home here.

Since about 9 a.m. Thursday, police have been excavating both this property and Veolia landfill for human remains.

"At this point, I don't have a dead body, or any remains of a human being," said Childress, with the Valdosta Police Department. "But in an effort to be thorough, we have detectives behind me. What they're doing now is combing through the debris."

Police say there's no evidence indicating the missing woman is dead.

They're questioning friends and family for clues, some of whom live in towns north of Valdosta.

Officers are determined to unravel these allegations.

They will continue investigating the scene until a conclusive report is reached.

We will bring you more details as they become available.

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