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Posted: October 15, 2010 2:17 p.m.

Woman found dead in woods identified

Death not the result of a homicide

The woman found dead in the woods behind Moseley Electric Wednesday afternoon has been identified as 59-year-old Beverly A. Newman, according to Captain Craig Treadwell with the Covington Police Department. She was identified by her fingerprints.

Although her cause of death is still unknown at this time, Coroner Tommy Davis said that her death is not being treated as a homicide and authorities do not suspect foul play was involved.

According to Covington Police Capt. Ken Malcolm, the woman appeared to have been dead for several days. She was found at a makeshift campsite. Detectives said she was homeless at the time of her death. Her cause of death was not immediately evident and the body was taken to the crime lab at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.


Investigators from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office are also seeking help in their investigation of the death of Wendell Ronard Barber, an Atlanta resident whose body was found earlier in October in the woods off Piper Road.

A hunter found the body of the 29-year-old Barber. Investigators believe Barber had been dead about five days. Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tyrone Oliver said authorities considered the death a homicide and called the circumstances "definitely suspicious."

Anyone who may recall any unusual activity around Piper Road or has any other information about this case can contact the sheriff’s office at (678) 622-1412. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the tip line at (678) 625-5007 or go online to www.newtonsheriffga.org, or call the Georgia Bureau of Investigation tip line at (800) 597-8477.



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