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Airport worker found dead in river was wearing different clothes

An autistic Forest Park woman who went missing after leaving her job was wearing clothes different than those she was last seen in when her body was pulled from the Yellow River on March 4.

Shanequa Sullivan, 23, was found in the river by a fisherman in Newton County. She worked for ABM Janitorial Services, a contractor at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and took MARTA from her home to work.


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When Sullivan attempted to board a MARTA train on Feb. 4, her card did not work. She is seen on surveillance video waiting near the gate for a few minutes before walking back toward the North Terminal. Airport surveillance video is only kept for 28 days and was not available to authorities when Sullivan’s body was found; Sullivan was identified March 9, five days after any video evidence of what she did after leaving the MARTA station was discarded.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office announced the new detail about Sullivan’s clothing Tuesday and urged anyone who may know what happened to her to come forward. A cause of death has not been disclosed. 

Anyone who may have information about Sullivan’s case should contact the Newton County Sheriff’s Office at 678-625-1400.


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Authorities say the autistic woman’s body was found 40 miles from her house.

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