Officer Rob Atkins with the Livingston Police Dept. takes the arm to a nearby vehicle.
Body Found on Old Woodville Road Ditch Possibly Missing Person, LIVINGSTON, July 25, 2008 - It started with an arm that was dragged up by a dog on Jefferson Street off of Old Woodville Road. At approximately 7:30 pm on July 25, 2008, a dog dragged up a human arm on Jefferson Street. A local resident found the dog with the arm and called the Livingston Police Department. Sergeant Scott Paske, Officer Rob Atkins, and Officer Jason Thomas were dispatched to the scene. Shortly after that Investigator Ken Bohnert arrived. Soon after that Livingston Police Chief Dennis Clifton arrived. The arm had been removed from it's body from the elbow down and still had the hand attached. Investigators figured that the rest of the body had to be nearby. Soon Corky Cochran and several volunteer firemen arrived to assist in searching for the body that the arm belonged to. After looking around for less than an hour at the end of Jefferson Street investigators found the body on Old Woodville Road near Jefferson and in the ditch.
Captain Ricky Childers prepares to donn protective clothing to investigate the body at the scene.
At approximately 8:25 pm the badly decomposed body was located. By now several Sheriff's Deputies were at the scene of the discovered body. Sheriff Hammack and Chief Deputy Byron Lyons and other personnel from the Sheriff's Department were now gathered. Livingston Fire Marshall Mark Taylor was also assisting in the investigation. One lane of traffic on Old Woodville Road was blocked while the investigation proceeded. Captain Ricky Childers donned protective clothing and investigated the body where it laid in the ditch. Also assisting in the investigation was Sheriff's Detective Brent Foster. After the initial investigation of the body at the scene, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Stephen McEntyre was summoned to the scene to officially declare the victim dead.
The body was loaded onto a hearse from Cochran's Funeral Home.
A wallet was found in the victim's possession but no identification was found. The victim's body was removed from its location and loaded into a waiting Hearse from Cochran Funeral Home and taken away from the scene at approximately 11:30 pm. The city of Livingston and Polk County are working together in this investigation. As details from this story emerge, PolkCountyToday.com will update you on the status of the investigation.