Missing woman, 64, found buried in shallow grave in her own back garden

The body of a woman, who mysteriously vanished in November 2021, has been discovered in a shallow grave in her own backyard.

Police made the gruesome discovery this week after issuing a missing person alert earlier this month for Julie Marie Catron.

The 64-year-old had last been seen in Columbus, Georgia, according to cops, with a plea to help track her down made on June 10.

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"The Columbus Police Department and the family of Julie Marie Catron are asking the public for assistance in locating Julie," a missing person flier said.

The poster said that Catron may have traveled from Georgia to Destin or Crestview, Florida in November 2021.

Detectives said the investigation led them to search Catron's residence, where cops made the grisly find.

The Ledger-Enquirer reported that they found a body in a hole about five feet deep in her backyard.

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The coroner later confirmed that the remains belonged to Catron, though the cause of her death remains unclear, according to local ABC affiliate WTVM.

Columbus police chief Freddie Blackmon told the outlet that foul play is a possibility at this time.

The body was taken to the county morgue before an expected transfer to Atlanta for further identification, WTVM reported.

A medical examiner is expected to determine Catron's cause of death as the investigation continues.


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