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Updated: 5:18 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 | Posted: 9:49 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2013

Coroner: Missing Atlanta woman most likely died of exposure to the elements

By Alexis Stevens and Kristina Torres

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The missing Atlanta woman found dead Saturday morning in Henry County has been identified as 72-year-old Lucilla Rawsaw Harris, the Henry County coroner said Monday.

Harris, who had dementia, was last seen driving a gray Saturn Ion Nov. 23.

Henry County police found the Saturn Friday night off White Castles Drive in Ellenwood, but there was no sign of Harris. The vehicle had been abandoned there Nov. 25, Sgt. Joey Smith said in an emailed statement. Officers resumed their search Saturday morning and found Harris’ body.

She most likely died of exposure to the elements, Henry County coroner Donald Cleveland told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Henry County is working in conjunction with the Atlanta Police Department, which is investigating the woman’s disappearance.

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