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BREAKING NEWS: Remains found in Henry identified
Ricky Dodson of Bassett had been missing since October
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Ricky Dodson

Monday, December 9, 2013


Remains found Thursday in Henry have been identified as those of Ricky Eugene Dodson of Bassett, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Dodson was 53 when he last was seen in early October, around the same time his friend, Vicky Harbour Purdy, also of Bassett, last was seen.

Purdy’s remains were discovered Oct. 6 on Philpott Road in Franklin County, near the Henry County line. Her death was ruled a homicide.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that Dodson’s manner of death has not been determined. The investigation is continuing, according to a news release.

Anyone with information is asked to call Capt. Paul Caldwell at (540) 352-5174 or to anonymously call the Crimeline at (540) 344-8500.


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