COVINGTON, Georgia – People are waiting for the body of a teenage girl recovered over the weekend to be identified.
The body found in the Yellow River in Newton County may be linked to a national news story..
The Newton County Sheriff’s Office says no phone calls have come in from family members looking for their missing daughter.
So far they’ve found nothing that would help them figure out who the young woman is.
They know she’s likely African American or biracial, and between 12-17 years old, with no tattoos, scars, or identifying marks.
According to the Georgia Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 39 missing kids fit the description of the young woman found.
A lot of people are questioning whether it could be Latania Janell Carwell, who went missing from Augusta in the spring of 2017. The river stream is located on the same street where Lantania lived.
Although both of her parents are in custody, charged with the concealment of her death; the parents refused to tell where they dumped Latania’s body.
Newton County Deputy LaTavia Washington said the department is working fast to put a name on the corpse.
“We are working with agencies all over the state right now,” Washington said. “We want to get her identified as soon as possible.”
Police have not yet been able to figure out how she died. While the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting the autopsy now, there’s no timeline on when it will be done.
A fisherman first saw the body in the river at about 4:45 p.m. Saturday. A photograph the fisherman sent to 11Alive News shows the body wedged among brush near the shoreline about a quarter-mile from the Rocky Plains Road bridge.