Franklin County Remains Identified

March 27, 2009

DECATUR, GA - Skeletal remains found May 13, 2007 approximately 2 miles west of I-85 in Franklin County, Georgia, have been identified through DNA testing as those of Leslie Adams.   Adams had been reported missing to Lilburn Police in October of 2005.

Bone fragments were submitted to the FBI for DNA extraction and comparison to 3 of Ms. Adams' family members. After the FBI lab determined the DNA from the fragments was consistent with the DNA profiles of the family members, the FBI results were forwarded to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification for statistical analysis.  This analysis determined that the probability that the recovered remains were those of Leslie Adams is greater than 1.12 billion to one.

The remains were found in a swampy area off of GA 320 by local residents. A three day search of the area was conducted by Franklin County Sheriff's Department deputies, GBI Agents, the Georgia State Patrol Aviation Unit and a human remains detection dog.  Franklin County Public Works Department assisted law enforcement during the search by removing the water in the creek and low-lying areas so that a thorough search could be completed.

An investigation into Ms. Adams' death is being conducted by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, the Lilburn Police Department, the Gwinnett County Police Department and the GBI Regional Office in Athens.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact any of the agencies above or the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477)

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Contact Information: 
John Bankhead - 404-270-8330