Body found in river ID'd as missing airport worker

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. — An Atlanta woman with autism who was reported missing last month was identified as the person whose body was recently found in the Yellow River in Newton County.

Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis confirmed that Shanequa Quanee Sullivan, 23, was found by a fisherman Sunday.

Sullivan was last seen nearly 40 miles away from the river and four weeks earlier at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where she had worked for the last year.

Channel 2's Lauren Pozen spoke with some employees off-camera who told her they are shocked by the news.

“People at the airport are so nice. It is very, very sad,” traveler Kai Jones told Pozen Friday night.


Channel 2's Tom Regan spoke with Pat Campbell earlier this week. Campbell was out fishing for white bass on the Yellow River when he spotted something that made him turn his boat around.

“I motored over it, and I saw the heel of a person, and initially thought it was a mannequin. I got downwind of it and could tell it wasn't a mannequin and that's when I said it's time to call 911,” he said.

Sullivan’s grandmother and legal guardian said the woman was autistic.

She was last seen leaving her job with ABM Janitorial Services at the airport after her shift ended on Feb. 4.

While officials work to find out a cause of death, many are wondering how she ended up nearly 40 miles away in the Yellow River.

“There’s been a lot of strange things going around in the city. I have seen someone else was found in a river. I don’t know what is going on,” Jones said.