Giddings Investigators Will Search Storm Drains

10:16 PM, Jul 5, 2011   |    comments
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LATEST COVERAGE: Lauren Giddings positively identified as homicide victim

Macon police said Tuesday they will search the storm drainage system near Lauren Giddings' Macon apartment.

A police news release quotes the head of the investigation, Maj. Charles Stone, as saying that the office of City Engineer Bill Causey has joined in the investigation of Giddings' disappearance and apparent murder.

Remains of an unidentified woman were found outside Giddings' apartment on Georgia Avenue last Thursday, hours after Giddings was reported missing.


Giddings, 27, had recently graduated from Mercer Law School. She has an apartment in a building that houses Mercer law students.


Bibb County District Attorney Greg Winters, in an interview Tuesday with 13WMAZ, said he expected to learn from the FBI late Tuesday or Wednesday whether DNA testing confirms the body is Lauren Giddings. DNA samples taken from the body and from Giddings' parents were flown Monday to FBI headquarters in Virginia for analysis. Chief Mike Burns said last week: "We're all pretty sure this is going to be the victim." 


No one has been arrested in the case. Police said last week that they have questioned two "persons of interest."

One of them was Stephen McDaniel, a Mercer Law student and a neighbor of Giddings.

McDaniel, 25, was charged last week with burglarizing two apartments in the building more than a year ago. The charges came after police questioned him about the Giddings case. McDaniel is being held in jail without bond. He is not accused of breaking into Giddings' apartment.



The police news release quotes police Maj. Charles Stone as saying, "the Engineering Department will assist us in the search of the storm drainage system near the apartment complex. Bill and his staff are very familiar with the downtown area and can provide valuable information and assistance as we search for evidence. The complex continues to be a focus of the investigation."

The police news release quotes the District Attorney saying: "I feel confident that the perpetrator will be found. But we want the public to know that an investigation like this takes time."

Macon police say additional forensic evidence recovered from in and around the apartment complex over the weekend was flown to the FBI on Tuesday.





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