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01/27/06

Ahmad King's Body Found, Mother Charged

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The search ended today with the discovery of the three-year-old's body. The search ended today with the discovery of the three-year-old's body.

State and local officers have some closure tonight in the case of a missing little boy. His mother, Mary Jean King, falsely reported Ahmad King missing from Jessup Tuesday night, then yesterday confessed to killing him.

Today investigators found his body after searching along Highway 121 near Highway 203 in Appling County, and charged his mother with his murder.

"Ahmad's body was located probably about five to six miles from where the search teams were actually, physically at today," said Special Agent Jeff Evans with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Investigators are not giving any details on what led them to that location.

This comes after a three-day search in Bacon, Wayne, and Appling Counties. Deputies and volunteers from three counties were already exhausted from a mission of search and rescue when it turned to recovery. They combed acres and acres looking for Ahmad's body.

"Trying not to leave any stone unturned," said Dep. Charlie Beach of Appling County during today's search, adding he was very optimistic they'd find him.

They searched from the air, on foot, and on paw. Cadaver dogs crisscrossed the rows of planted pines. "They're taught to range back and forth in front of us, so they can cover the area in front of us," said K-9 handler Angela Batten.

By mid afternoon, the army of searchers came out of the woods only after a find miles away, in the forest along Mars Road off of Highway 121. It was a heartbreaking discovery that meant the tragic search was finally over.

"Mary Jean King has been arrested and charged with murder in Bacon County and concealing the death in Appling County," said Agent Evans. "At this point, authorities have no reason to believe that anyone else is involved in the death or assisted in concealing Ahmad's body."

The body will be taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for an autopsy.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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