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05/14/03

Body Found on Savannah Waterfront

A command post set up at the scene. A command post set up at the scene.
Ashleigh Moore Ashleigh Moore

A body discovered by police near Savannah's riverfront this morning has people wondering if it could be that of missing 12-year-old Ashleigh Moore. Police just aren't saying at this point whether there's any indication that this is her body, but it's safe to say the case is being treated in an extreme manner.

At a mobile command center at the scene, a wooded area behind the Marriott hotel, many different responders are working, including Savannah and Chatham County police, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the American Red Cross. It appears agents are not going to leave the scene until they've identified the body.

Police aren't saying who discovered the body between 11am and 11:30am.

"At this point, all I can tell you is that we have a body," Savannah PD spokesman Bucky Burnsed said. "I'm not going to speculate for you, nor am I going to describe the body."

Just a few weeks ago, police held massive searches across the river on Hutchinson Island, looking for Ashleigh. They say, during that time, this portion of land was also searched, but nothing was found. Police aren't releasing any details about today's discovery, not even if the body is that of a man, woman, or child.

"We've gone beyond the discovery stage," said Burnsed. "We are now in the forensic stage and the identification stage. How long that takes, no one knows."

We understand that Ashleigh's family has been told exactly what we've been told, that an as-yet unidentified body has been discovered.

Reported by: Elizabeth Garcia, egarcia@wtoc.com

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