Monday public will know if bones found belong to Atlanta, GA’s Kristi Cornwell
Atlanta, Georgia — On Monday authorities in Atlanta, Georgia, plan to announce results of tests done on bones found in Georgia, possibly giving long-awaited answers to Kristi Cornwell’s family.
Kristi went missing from northern Georgia in August 2009.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said Sunday that police have identified a person of interest in Kristi’s case, though he declined to provide further details.
A passerby found the human remains Saturday in a wooded area about 9 miles from where Kristi was last seen.
The site where the bones were discovered is in Union County, in far northern Georgia.
“What you do first is compare people missing from Union County,” Bankhead told CNN Atlanta affiliate WSB.
“Right now, the only person missing from Union County is Kristi Cornwell, so we’ll be looking to see if there might be (a) connection to these remains.”
According to Bankhead, Cornwell’s family has been notified of the discovery.
Last summer, on the one-year anniversary of Cornwell’s disappearance, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said it had conducted interviews at 450 houses in the Union County area, and that its file on the case had grown to 38 volumes.
From the KristiCorwell.com website:
Kristi was last heard from at approximately 9:00 pm on August 11, 2009 while walking on Jones Creek Road near Blairsville, Georgia. She was last seen wearing a white tee shirt and tan shorts. Authorities from the Union County S.O., the GBI, GSP, DNR, Dept. of Corrections and additional officers from neighboring sheriff’s departments joined an extensive search for 6 days of the Jones Creek Road area. At this time authorities believe that Kristi Cornwell was abducted by vehicle while walking on Jones Creek Road, and is believed to be in extreme danger. The community is being asked to contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office or the GBI if they have any information concerning Kristi’s disappearance. Also, authorities are seeking information from anyone who was in the vicinity of Jones Creek Road between 8:00 and 10:00 pm on Tuesday, August 11, 2009.
A reward of $50,000 is being offered for information leading to the safe return of Kristi Cornwell and/or the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for her abduction/disappearance.