Kristi Cornwell's Remains Identified by Dental Records
Kristi Cornwell was last seen in August 2009 taking a walk along Jones Creek Road in Blairsville, GA, in close proximity to her home. For 6 grueling days, local authorities performed an extensive search for the 38-year-old woman along the road where she was last seen.
Cornwell phoned her boyfriend around 9:00 pm on the night of her abduction. Her last words were, “Don’t take me!”
Through dental records, the human remains found on Saturday in North Georgia's Union County were identified as that of Kristi Cornwell.
Who murdered her?
A possible suspect arose in the case, James Carringer, 42. He once lived in North Georgia and was also suspected in other attacks; one woman at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and another who lived in Alabama. When Carringer’s location was discovered, police surrounded him, but he took his own life.
In August 2010, one year after Cornwell’s disappearance, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) released the anonymous letters they had received in January. A grandmother indicated that her grandson may have been involved but kept their identities hidden. Could it have been a concerned grandmother or someone else?
Images of the envelopes were released with hopes that someone would recognize the handwriting. The letters were mailed from the Western North Carolina panhandle.
"It's been very tough," John Bankhead of the GBI said Sunday. "It's been tough on the agents and Union County deputies; they've put a lot of work into this. Obviously it's been tough on the family not knowing. And so Union County and the GBI have been in touch with the family to let them know what was going on, to make them aware of the possibility, and to get them prepared for whatever news comes out of this tomorrow."
The family doesn’t have to wonder anymore. Kristi Cornwell can now be laid to rest, properly.