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12/19/03

GSU in Contact with Missing Student's Mother

Dena Carter's teachers and fellow students at Georgia Southern University are holding out hope she'll be found alive. Dr. Missy Bennett has been in almost constant contact with Carter's mother, Diane Crooms, since Carter disappeared in September. The discovery of an as-yet unidentified pregnant woman's remains on Fort Benning this week has people concerned, since Carter was six months pregnant when she disappeared.

Bennett spoke with Crooms yesterday morning. She told WTOC Crooms has heard from Fort Benning, and while they still don't know if the body found there is that of her daughter, she is taking the news very hard. "I think, like everyone else, she's waiting to find out whether this might be her daughter and grandchild," Bennett said. "But I think, like any parent of a missing child, she's having a very difficult time."

Carter's mother has made two trips to Statesboro from her home in California since her daughter disappeared. The most recent was last month, to pack up Carter's apartment.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

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