Police: Covington skeleton may be fugitive from child-molesting charge

Covington police are investigating whether a skeleton that was recently found belongs to a fugitive who was wanted on child molesting charges in South Carolina, Capt. Craig Treadwell said Tuesday.

The skeleton and skull were found Monday off City Pond Road in Covington, the city’s police department said. Investigators canvassed the area for any clues to the remains, Treadwell told Channel 2 Action News.

The remains were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for examination.

Treadwell told the news station that the remains were found less than an eighth of a mile from an abandoned car left in 2011 at the America’s Best Inn. Authorities believed the car belonged to FBI most wanted fugitive David lee Sheffield, who had since disappeared.

Police found a firearm and boots near the remains, as well as a pair of glasses, Treadwell said. He said Sheffield was known to wear glasses and the shirt they found on the remains matches a photo of Sheffield from 2010.

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