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Man admits to killing couple and dumping their bodies along I-75

Richard and Gladis Russell Richard and Gladis Russell
Samuel Littleton Samuel Littleton
Investigators in Georgia search for William and Gladis Russell (Source: WALB) Investigators in Georgia search for William and Gladis Russell (Source: WALB)

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB/FOX19) - The search for a missing Ohio couple has gone to Georgia after a suspect in their disappearance claims he killed them and dumped their bodies along Interstate 75.

Richard and Gladis Russell, of Bellefontaine, have been missing since Feb. 16. The suspect in their disappearance, Samuel Littleton, was arrested Wednesday in West Virginia.

During questioning with Littleton, police in West Virginia learned that Littleton claimed to have discarded the bodies of 84-year-old Richard Russell and 85-year-old Gladis Russell in Georgia, specifically in Lowndes County, near Valdosta, while driving through the area in route to Florida.

An investigation by Georgia authorities confirmed that Littleton was in the Valdosta area on Feb. 18. For how long and when he left the area is unknown.

The Russells' gray-green Mercury Grand Marquis was spotted in Butler County last week, prompting a search for clues at the Rumpke landfill in Colerain Township.

Littleton is also accused of murdering his girlfriend's daughter, Tiffany Brown, whose body was found in his basement in Bellefontaine. He bought his home from the Russells.

Littleton remains in jail in West Virginia and is fighting extradition to Ohio.

Police investigating the disappearance of the Russells, say there was blood in the couple's car, which was found in Princeton, West Virginia on Tuesday.


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