Remains of Georgia woman missing since 2018 identified

BREMEN — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that remains found on Oct. 17 on a property off of Mt. Zion Church Road in Bremen belong to Jessica Victoria Earl.

Earl has been missing since 2018 and was 31-years-old.

At this time the Medical Examiner’s office is investigating to determine the cause and manner of her death. She was last seen in Tallapoosa County.

According to the Haralson County Sheriff’s Dept., a few weeks ago, a property owner on Mt Zion Church Road was out working on his property when he came across what he thought was a T-shirt but when he picked it up, was actually a tattered backpack.

Later that evening when he got home, his wife looked through the bag and discovered a wallet with the identification belonging to Jessica Victoria Earl. The property owners contacted the Sheriff’s office. The bag and its contents were processed and placed into evidence.

Sheriff’s Dept. officials say several searches were done during that week including searches with local cadaver dogs, searches on foot and then another search on Saturday with dogs that specialize in human remains detection with the K-9 Alpha Search and Rescue Team out of Atlanta.

The Alpha Team dogs showed interest in two area but the growth was so thick in the bottoms area that they were unable to find any remains. Officials say the growth was at least knee high and very thick in most places and it was impassable in other areas. Officials decided to search those areas that the dogs showed interest in when some of the brush died out so there would be visibility. 

On Oct. 17, a family member came out to the property to show the property owners where they had found some animal skulls in the past right off of the property and they came across a human skull in the immediate vicinity of where the dogs had shown interest and contacted the lead investigator. Investigators and deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, a GBI crime scene investigator and the Deputy Coroner searched until almost dark and the scene was secured until the search could resume on Friday.

On Oct. 18, a GBI crime scene investigator, GBI agents and Haralson county Sheriff’s Office investigators combed the area to recover as many of the remains as possible to send to the GBI crime lab.

The GBI confirmed the remains belonged to Earl on Oct. 26.

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