Authorities confirm body found in Georgia to be Gladis Russell

Gladis and Richard Russell
Gladis and Richard Russell
Samuel Littleton, Source: Southwestern Regional Jail
Samuel Littleton, Source: Southwestern Regional Jail

BELLFONTAINE, OH (FOX19) - Authorities say that the body of a woman found in a Georgia cotton field Wednesday is Gladis Russell, 85, who has been missing since February 16.

Shortly before noon Wednesday, March 9, 2011, Logan County authorities were notified by the FBI that a farmer out working his field in the general vicinity of Vienna, Georgia, found the body of a slightly built female lying in his cotton field near a sandy road.

Dental records were used to confirm that the body was in fact the body of Gladis Russell. Bellfontaine and Logan County investigators worked together with Georgia Bureau of Investigation officers, the FBI and others to identify the remains.

Ten days after the couple went missing, 84-year-old Richard Russell of Bellfontaine's body was found and his death was ruled a homicide. Russell's body was found in Chattanooga on Feb. 26.

Samuel K. Littleton II, suspected in the couple's disappearance, was arrested last in Princeton, W.Va., where police found the Russell's car in a Walmart parking lot. The car had earlier been spotted in Butler County, Ohio, prompting a search for clues at a Rumpke landfill.

The 37-year-old Littleton is accused of killing his girlfriend's 26-year-old daughter, whose body was found in a Bellfontaine home he bought from the Russells in 2009. He has not been charged in their disappearance.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced for Richard or Gladis Russell.

A nationwide toll-free number for this case, 1-866-693-9171, remains in effect. Anyone with information on Richard or Gladis Russell, or Samuel Littleton II, is asked to call 1-866-693-9171.

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