At a news conference Wednesday Macon Police Chief Mike Burns says through DNA samples, the body found outside the Barristers Hall Complex last Thursday has been positively matched as that of 27 year old Lauren Giddings.
Police have also confirmed the body of Giddings' had been dismembered and they are looking for her remains. “We have not found all the body parts yet,” says Burns.
Burns is asking the public to call Police at 478-751-7500 if they notice any foul odors. Burns also says the investigation has expanded to a 10 block radius around Giddings' apartment.
According to Burn, searches near a wooded area behind Giddings' apartment, in the city's sewer drains, in the landfill, and Ocmulgee River have not turned up any evidence.
Bibb County District Attorney Greg Winters has been working closely with police and says,
"It's a slow process. We all wish we had answers now. We do not have all the answers we want at this time."
Police did take evidence gathered from pipes in Giddings' apartment and from her neighbor, 25 year old Stephen McDaniel's apartment, but would not say what they found.
When asked if the Police had any suspects, Chief Burns said they have interviewed close to a dozen people, but do not have a suspect. Burns would not comment on whether McDaniel, who is in jail on unrelated burglary charges, is cooperating in the investigation,"He is still one of the people of interest... I'm not going to answer that."
Police have also not been able to confirm when Giddings was last seen alive, when she died, or if her body had been moved before police found it.
"We're not sure the exact time it was dumped. We had our officers and Mercer Police there the night before, and they didn't detect any kind of odor," says Burns.
According to Burns, Macon Police have been turning over forensic evidence to the FBI. Police have also interviewed Giddings' boyfriend.
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