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01/27/06

Authorities Search Densely Wooded Area for Boy's Body

The search is focusing on a wooded area near Highways 203 and 15 in Appling County. The search is focusing on a wooded area near Highways 203 and 15 in Appling County.

Authorities continue to search in a wooded area today for the body of three-year-old Ahmad King, whose mother at first reported him missing from a Wal-Mart in Jesup. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says Mary Jean King, who adopted the boy a few months ago, told investigators yesterday that she had killed him.

Searchers are now focusing in an area near Highway 15 and Highway 203 in Appling County. Authorities picked up where they left off last night when darkness fell, spreading out into the heavily wooded area along the highway, walking at arm's length from one another.

Deputies from three counties fanned out to comb through acres of planted pines, looking for Ahmad's body. His mother remains in custody for the murder, though she has not yet been formerly charged.

With so much wooded area and a small child's body to find, the search is enormous and meticulous. "Thousands of acres," said Appling County deputy Charlie Beach. "Just thousands upon thousands of acres. We're walking it all by foot, we're covering every square inch, and doing it twice and sometimes three times. We don't want to overlook anything."

They have been in the woods since about 9am, and will continue to search throughout the day, working in shifts.

We'll talk with the GBI later in the day for an update.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have seen Mary Jean King's gold Toyota Camry along Highway 203 or Highway 15 Tuesday afternoon to please call their local authorities, so they can try and narrow down this search as much as possible.

WTOC has crews on the scene and will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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