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12/18/03

Fort Benning Authorities Investigate Unidentified Remains

Hunters stumbled across human remains on Fort Benning sometime Tuesday morning, and today's announcement by the fort's Criminal Investigations Division that the African American female was six months pregnant when she died has suggested a possible connection with a missing Statesboro student's case.

Dena Carter was six months pregnant when she disappeared from her Statesboro home on September 11. WTOC has learned that a man some say is her boyfriend is stationed at Fort Benning, where the as-yet unidentified remains were discovered. Authorities have not connected the man to this case; they haven't even released his name at this point since the remains have not yet been positively identified as those of Carter.

"I can confirm that he is stationed here at Fort Benning," said Fort Benning's Monica Manganaro. "But as far as relationships and surrounding anything else, I can't draw a line, speculate on that. There's a startling similarity between the remains that we found and missing persons case that involves a student down in Statesboro."

The remains were found in a wooded area near the Harmony Church area of Fort Benning. This is a densely wooded area, and it took some time to locate all of the remains, which were scattered.

Manganaro said they are not making connections between Carter and the soldier who may be her boyfriend. The remains have been sent to Atlanta for DNA testing.

Reported by: Kari Tornabene

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