• Police: Remains may belong to fugitive on FBI's Most Wanted List

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    COVINGTON, Ga. - Police in Covington are investigating human remains found along the side of a road.
     
    Officers worked into the night Tuesday processing the scene and searching for more clues.
     
    Investigators told Channel 2’s Carl Willis they have two theories about what they've discovered.
     
    They believe the remains are that of a fugitive wanted by the FBI, last seen four years ago.
     
    David Lee Sheffield is suspected of child pornography and molesting at least one boy.

    Sheffield vanished in 2010 with only traces left behind.

    A few seconds of surveillance video show Sheffield at an ATM in South Carolina in 2010. His car was recovered at a Covington motel in 2011.
     
    "He's not been seen since then. He's not in custody that we know of," said Capt. Craig Treadwell of the Covington Police Department.
     
    But Covington police believe they may have made a big break in the case.
     
    Human remains were discovered Tuesday by a land surveyor less than an eighth of a mile from the America’s Best Inn where Sheffield’s car was located four years ago.
     
    Treadwell says a patrol officer helped detectives make the link.
     
    "He remembered an abandoned vehicle that was left at a local hotel adjacent to the scene," Treadwell said.
     
    The car belonged to Sheffield. Investigators also found several items they say point to the fugitive.
     
    "We found a pair of glasses. We also found a firearm,” Treadwell said. "Found some clothing items been exposed to the weather for some time."
     
    The clothing includes what police say may be the same shirt Sheffield is seen wearing in the video.
     
    According to the FBI, Sheffield was very active in the online gaming community and considered a risk to young boys.
     
    But from the looks of the scene and the way the evidence is stacking up, police say the accused child pornographer may have killed himself years ago.
     
    "If it's him, then we close the case. If it's not him, then we start looking again, but we've got to rule it out," Treadwell said.
     
    Police say they are waiting for dental records to come back to determine if they've found the fugitive.


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