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Family members say a skull unearthed in Gwinnett County, Ga. in April was identified as missing 32-year-old Brittany Davis, of Greenville, South Carolina.

Davis went missing on March 7th, 2020, according to her family.

Bridgett Brown, Davis' niece, told Channel 2 Action News the family was initially told by Gwinnett police that a police sketch that resembled Davis was a "stock photo" of a white or Hispanic woman (above left).

Davis's disappearance did not receive press coverage in 2020, so her family and friends took to social media to get the word out.

"You guys my friend is #MISSING & has been since 3/7/2020," family friend Alicia La'Von wrote on Facebook last year.

"We have been friends for over ten years and she is my rock thru so many hard times. When my mom died she came to her funeral and just followed behind me to make sure no one upset me and made things worse...

"She was last seen in San Juan, she loved it there. My country Macon, GA girl living her best island life. Please you guys, Pray and repost. @ all the blogs and send them her picture."

La'Von updated her Facebook post on March 21, 2020 to say Davis was last seen at her residence in Greenville, South Carolina, with her fiancé, Michael Lee Wilkerson.

"She was last seen with this man, who could be in the Atlanta area," she wrote in the caption of photos showing Davis and Wilkerson together.

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Gwinnett County police with the help of the U.S. Marshal's Task Force, and the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office arrested Wilkerson during a traffic stop in Buford, Ga. on August 24, 2021, according to WBTW.

Wilkerson was living in Lawrenceville, Ga. at the time of his arrest.

He was extradited to the Greenville County, SC Jail on August 31 and charged with murder. He is being held without bond.

Brown told Channel 2 Action News the family is concerned that the case did not receive enough attention in Georgia, where Wilkerson lived.

Brown said when the family first reached out to Gwinnett County police in response to a police artist sketch that resembled Davis, they were told that the sketch was a "stock photo" and that the skull belonged to a white, mixed race or Hispanic woman.

"We are very thankful that Greenville, SC Detective Nikki Bowdoin was persistent in pursuing the remains with the Gwinnett county police department," Brown told WSB-TV. "Without her, we may have never found out the truth."

Brown is hopeful that someone may know where the rest of Davis' remains can be found so she can receive a proper burial.

"We are hoping that news coverage of what has happened may jog someone's memory here in Gwinnett. Someone may have seen or had dealings with Michael Wilkerson and unknowingly may have details regarding my niece's murder or the dumping of her body.

"His arrest has been on the news in Greenville SC and other news outlets across the US but not here in Gwinnett county where the remains were found, where he lived, and where the arrest took place."

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Federal agents, state police, and U.S. Marshals continue their search for fugitive Brian Laundrie inside the 25,000 acre Carlton Reserve in southwest Florida. But he may have been spotted 500 miles away.

Laundrie, 23, is a "person of interest" in the death of his fiancée Gabby Petito.

A man who resembles Laundrie was spotted on a deer camera in Baker, Florida, about 500 miles away from his parents' home.

Sam Bass spotted the man on his deer cam and snapped a photo.

Bass wrote on his Facebook page on Monday:

"I'm not saying this is the guy but whoever was on my trail camera this morning in Baker, Fl strongly fits the description of Brian Laundrie, authorities have been contacted but people in the North West Florida area be on the look out."

Authorities have not confirmed whether the man in the photo is Laundrie.

According to Fox 10 News, Laundrie has no connection to the area, and none of the residents recognized the man in the photo.

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A Petito family lawyer confirmed the human remains found at a Wyoming camp site on September 19 has been identified as Petito.

Laundrie was last seen at his parents' North Port, Florida home on Tuesday, Sept. 14. His attorney reported him missing a few days before Petito's body was found in a Wyoming park.

Petito and Laundrie set out on a cross-country road trip from New York on July 2. The couple documented their "van life" for their YouTube channel.

He showed up at his parents' Florida home without Petito on September 1. Her mother reported her missing on Sept. 11, but Laundrie refused to speak with police.

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MSNBC host Joy Reid dismissed the news media's intense focus on 22-year-old Gabby Petito as "missing White woman syndrome."

The "Van Life" vlogger was last seen in late August in Grand Teton National Park with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, 23, who is considered a "person of interest" in her disappearance.

Laundrie returned to his parents' Florida home alone in Petito's van on Sept. 1.

Petito's mother reported her missing on Sept. 11, but Laundrie refused to speak to investigators, and his whereabouts are unknown.

Officials discovered a body "consistent with" Petito inside Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming on Sunday, Sept. 19.

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During a segment of her show "The ReidOut," the outspoken liberal host discussed the media's coverage of the missing vlogger, and asked "Why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?"

Reid dismissed the focus on Petito's case as the news media placing more emphasis on finding blonde, blue-eyed women who go missing.

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Reid said:

"It goes without saying that no family should ever have to endure that kind of pain. And the Petito family certainly deserves answers and justice. But the way this story has captivated the nation has many wondering, why not the same media attention when people of color go missing?"

She added:

"Well, the answer actually has a name: Missing White woman syndrome. The term coined by the late and great Gwen Iffil to describe the media and public fascination with missing White women like Laci Peterson or Natalee Holloway, while ignoring cases involving missing people of color."

Reid was referring to two high-profile cases of blonde women who went missing.

Reid cited statistics from the Black and Missing Foundation that showed more Black women go missing every year than whites -- but they are often classified as runaways.

She concluded her segment by stating that reporters don't cover missing Black women because they don't look like the daughters or granddaughters of news executives.
 

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The 24-year-old grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson was shot to death near a public housing project on Sunday night.

Police say Frank Q. Jackson was shot multiple times near the Garden Valley Estates public housing complex in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jackson was gunned down after he was dropped off at the housing project at Sidaway & E. 70th St at around 9 p.m. Sunday night, according to Cleveland19.com.

Police officers and an agent from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) swarmed the scene.

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Mayor Jackson (pictured with his wife in 2012) and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams arrived at the scene but did not comment on the investigation, according to Dailymail.com.

"It's not my place to say anything," Williams said.

Jackson had multiple run-ins with law enforcement in recent years. In 2019, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault after a fight with his girlfriend. He was currently facing felony assault charges of resisting arrest after fleeing from police.

He pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest and was out of jail on $10,000 bond. Jackson was also linked to a murder when a car registered in his name was seen fleeing a crime scene. No charges were ever filed.

A $5,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of the killer. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call 216-623-5464 or Crimestoppers at 216-25-CRIME.

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Officials believe a body found in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, is missing 22-year-old YouTuber Gabby Petito.

An autopsy is currently underway, Teton County coroner Brent Blue confirmed to Fox News Digital. The body was found on Sunday by a search team with the aid of bloodhounds.

Authorities say the human remains fit the description of Petito, whose mysterious disappearance generated headlines all over the world.

The "Van Life" vlogger was last seen in August in Grand Teton National Park with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, 23, who is considered a "person of interest" in her disappearance.

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The couple traveled from New York to Wyoming on a cross-country road trip in August. Laundrie raised suspicion when he showed up alone in Petito's van at his parents' home in Florida on Sept. 1.

Police discovered Petito's 2012 white Ford Transit parked outside the Laundrie home on Sept. 11, after Petito's mother reported her missing.

Laundrie quickly lawyered up and refused to speak to police.

On Friday, Laundrie's lawyer reported him missing. However, Laundrie's family insisted he was "in hiding" due to the growing crowd of news media and curious onlookers outside the Laundrie home.

Laundrie was last seen at the home on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Inside Edition aired police bodycam footage that shows a distraught Petito moments after a heated argument with Laundrie during their road trip in Utah.

A witness spotted the couple arguing at a grocery store and called 911. Police pulled the van over outside Arches National Park.

"We've just been fighting all morning," Petito said in tears in the bodycam video on August 12. The officer asked her to step out of the van and she complied.
 

 
"I just quit my job to travel across the country, and I'm trying to start a blog — a travel blog. So I've been building my website, so I've been really stressed," Petito said.

"She just gets worked up sometimes," said Laundrie who was observed with fresh scratches on his face.

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Petito told the officer she was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder. She said she feared Laundrie was going to drive off and leave her stranded at the grocery store.

Laundrie told the officer she scratched him when he pushed her hand away.

A family of travel vloggers believe they spotted Petito's van parked off the road in Grand Teton National Park on August 27, around the time it is believed Petito went missing.

Jenn Bethune shared footage of the van on YouTube. She spoke with Petito's mom who thanked her on Sunday for sharing the footage.

The video footage was the lead that prompted authorities to search the park for Petito.
 

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An arrest has been made in the shooting deaths of four people found inside an SUV in a Wisconsin cornfield on Sunday.

A farmer working in a cornfield on Sunday discovered the abandoned SUV parked about 50 yards off the road in the small town of Sheridan, Wisconsin.
 
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The victims were identified as Nitosha Flug-Presley, 30; Matthew Pettus, 26; Loyace Foreman III, 35, and his girlfriend Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, all from Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Saint Paul police arrested Darren Lee McWright, 56, and charged him with four counts of hiding a corpse in Wisconsin, according to KSTP.

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McWright, of St. Paul, is currently being held in the Ramsey County Jail, awaiting extradition to Dunn County.

A second suspect, Antoine Suggs, 38, of St. Paul, is still at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd announced McWright's arrest late Thursday at a press conference. Bygd says more charges are expected as the investigation continues.

So far, the sheriff says there's no clear motive in the case. He said Suggs grew up with the victims in the same Twin Cities neighborhood.

The cornfield is located 75 miles away from where the four friends were last seen at a bar in St. Paul on Saturday night.

Witnesses said the four friends left the bar and got into a black SUV with someone late Saturday. A second SUV was seen following the first SUV, according to the sheriff.

Bygd said the victims were killed at another location, then the bodies were driven to the cornfield where the SUV was abandoned. The killer left the scene in the second SUV.
 

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The pregnant daughter of former New York Giants player Brandon Short was shot dead on a Pennsylvania street, according to WPXI News.

Karli Short, 26, died Monday from a gunshot wound to the head. She was found lying in the road in the 300 block of 25th Street, according to WPXI.

Brandon Short told WPXI that he was "heartbroken" and "angry" over his daughter's violent death.

"I'm heartbroken, angry. I'm frustrated. I'm scared. I don't know what to do. She was funny. She had such a big personality."

He added that being Karli's father was his greatest achievement.

Karli Short was pregnant with a boy when she died.

"We lost two," he told the news station.

In a Facebook post, Brandon Short called his daughter's murder "a senseless act of gun violence” and thanked supporters.

Brandon Short earned All-American honors at Penn State. In addition to playing for the Giants he also played two seasons with the Carolina Panthers, according to WSB-TV.

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Detectives are investigating the murders of four friends who were found shot dead in an SUV in a Wisconsin cornfield.

The victims were identified as Nitosha Flug-Presley, 30; Matthew Pettus, 26; Loyace Foreman III, 35, and his girlfriend Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, all from Twin Cities, Minnesota.

The medical examiner determined all four victims died from multiple gunshot wounds.

A farmer working in a cornfield on Sunday found the abandoned black SUV parked about 50 yards off the road among tall corn stalks in the small town of Sheridan, Wisconsin.

The farmer called 911 to report the mysterious vehicle. Police arrived minutes later and determined the crime scene was no accident. Officers said none of the victims were in the driver's seat.

"Do we have an accident, or we got something else?" one officer asked on a police scanner.

"It's gonna be something else, from what I can tell. Looks like a .32 [caliber handgun] was involved," another officer replied.

The cornfield is located 75 miles away from where the four friends were last seen at a bar in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on Saturday night.

Witnesses said the four left the bar and got into a black SUV with someone late Saturday. A second SUV was following the first SUV, according to the sheriff.

The black SUV was seen on surveillance video at a gas station around noon Sunday, two hours before it was discovered in the cornfield, according to the Star Tribune.

Matthew Pettus and Jasmine Christine Sturm are half-siblings.

Loyace Foreman III was the son of Loyace Foreman Jr, senior pastor at New Vision Faith Center in Saint Paul.

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Foreman III, right, had two children and was in a romantic relationship with Sturm, left, who also had two sons, ages 11 and 5. The youngest boy had just celebrated his birthday last month, according to Dailymail.com.

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Nitosha Flug-Presley was also a mother of two children, a young son and a daughter.

Sturm and Pettus' brother, Zach Pettus, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he has "an idea" who killed his siblings. He didn't go into detail.

"This is a freak thing that never should have happened," Zach Pettus said. "There is nothing that indicated this would have happened."

In a press conference Tuesday, Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd said the victims were shot at another location before their bodies were found in the cornfield.

He said he doesn't believe the killer(s) are locals or still in the area. He said investigators don't have a motive for the murders.

Bygd called the murders "a mystery," before adding "Everybody's a suspect at this point. "We're looking at everybody and every possibility."
 

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Police arrested a hitman who shot and wounded South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh as he changed a tire on the side of a highway.

Murdaugh was wounded three months after his wife, Maggie, 52, and son, Paul, 22 (pictured left), were shot and killed in an ambush at their South Carolina home on June 7.

Murdaugh, a well-known legal heir in SC, was shot in the head on a rural highway on Septmber 4. He survived the shooting, but he now faces arrest for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars from his law firm to buy opioids.

Police arrested Curtis Edward Smith, 61, on Tuesday on and charged him with shooting Murdaugh. Smith also faces charges of assisted suicide, assault and battery, possession of a firearm, insurance fraud and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, Dailymail.com reports.

Police say Murdaugh hired Smith to kill him so his surviving son, Buster, 25, would receive a $10 million insurance payout. However, Smith was a bad shot.

Murdaugh's lawyer, Dick Harpootlian, says he knows who shot Maggie and Paul, and the suspect's name will be revealed this week. He said the motive for the murders was "personal".

Harpootlian acknowledged that Murdaugh is likely to be arrested for allegedly misappropriating millions from his own law firm.

Harpootlian said Murdaugh was still grieving the deaths of his wife and son when he embezzled millions from his law firm to finance his opioid addiction.

Murdaugh was fired from the law firm and the state bar revoked his law license for tampering with clients funds in escrow accounts.

Murdaugh has denied involvement in his wife and son's deaths.
 
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Atlanta police held a private chat with a few select journalists to update them on the Piedmont Park murder case on Thursday.

According to CBS46 reporter Hayley Mason, Atlanta police dropped hints that someone close to Katherine Janness may be her killer.

"Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant tells me no one has been ruled out as a suspect in the Piedmont Park murder case. He says the case is still wide open and active. The department has faced challenges accessing video from park cameras and is still working to recover images."


 
READ ALSO: 911 Audio Casts Suspicion on Katherine Janness's girlfriend
 
More details have emerged since the 40-year-old bartender was brutally stabbed while walking her dog, Bowie, in Piedmont Park on July 28.

Police confirmed rumors that a slur was carved into Janness' body and her head was nearly severed during the attack.

Audio of the 911 call placed by Janness' partner, Emma Clark, cast suspicion on her.

Twitter users noted how "calm" Clark sounded during the phone call.

Clark told a bystander, "Did you just see that? That's my f***ing girlfriend."

A GoFundMe account raised more than $70,000 for Clark who has since left Atlanta.

PETA offered $10,000 for information leading to the killer(s), in addition to the $10,000 already offered by the Atlanta Police Department.

The Atlanta City Council approved new cameras in parks following the murder. The investigation is hampered by the lack of functioning cameras in the park that night.