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UPDATE: Memorials spring up under bridge
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UPDATE, (Aug. 15, 5 p.m.) - Makeshift memorials have sprung up under the Mt. Tabor Road bridge where the body of 27-year-old Kelly Marshall was found Saturday afternoon. Among them is #JusticeForKelly scratched into the damp dirt adjacent to the banks of the Yellow River.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) spokesperson Sgt. Cortney Morrison said authorities are still awaiting autopsy results. She said the next step in the investigation into the death of the mother of two is dependent on those results.


UPDATE, (Aug. 14, 10:40 a.m.) – The Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) has identified the woman whose deceased body was found near the Yellow River Saturday afternoon.

According to a press release from NCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cortney Morrison, the dead woman has been identified as 27-year-old Kelly Marshall, of Oxford.

According to the release, Marshall’s body was found Aug. 12 by deputies who responded to a suspicious call in the 200 block of Mt. Tabor Road. Deputies on the scene immediately notified the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis.

According to the release, per Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis the body was transported to the GBI Crime Lab where an autopsy will be completed by the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the exact cause and manner of death.

Morrison said there have been no arrest warrants obtained at this time.

According to the release, the case has been assigned to a team of investigators with NCSO CID as the incident is currently under investigation. Morrison said as new, factual information is obtained, it will be released.

NCSO is asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to please contact Investigator Brent Morrison at 678-625-1442. You can also provide information by contacting the anonymous TIP Line at 678-625-5007 or where you can remain anonymous.


UPDATE, (Aug. 14, 10 a.m.): Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Spokesperson Cortney Morrison said no one is in custody for this incident as the manner and cause of death have yet to be determined. 

The autopsy is being performed today, she said. 

The Covington News reached out to Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis, but he did not immediately respond. 


OXFORD, Ga. – Investigators with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) are looking into the death of a woman whose body was found near the Yellow River yesterday.

According to NCSO spokesman Investigator Jeff Alexander, the body of the white female was found yesterday about 12:30 p.m. near the river outside of Oxford. Alexander said the body was near the kayak ramp near Mt. Tabor Road west of the city.

According to Alexander, authorities are still attempting to determine the cause and manner of death. He said an autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning.

Alexander said a tentative ID on the body has been made but authorities are not releasing that information until after the autopsy.

“This is an active investigation at this time,” he said.


The Covington News will continue to update this story as information becomes available. 

News Editor Jackie Gutknecht contributed to this report.