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Investigators could be close to finding missing woman's remains

Investigators may be close to finding the remains of a woman who disappeared from a Wal-Mart parking lot in Murfreesboro, Tennessee last year.

Former Covington resident Marcie Smith's Lincoln Navigator was found abandoned in the store's parking lot and her cell phone was discovered near her home, but Smith was never found.

One year to the day of her disappearance, Smith's husband, Palmer Smith, handed his attorney a map he'd received in the mail that indicated his wife's body was near the Mississippi River in Lauderdale County.

On Thursday, the FBI, TBI and Murfreesboro police searched for Smith's body in a rough, wooded area about 10 miles from Ripley.

"It's very wooded, very dense with undergrowth," said Lyle Evans of the Murfreesboro Police Dept. "It's difficult for our officers to get in there."

Neighbors say Palmer Smith liked to go fishing in the area. Murfreesboro police have interviewed Smith, but he has not been named a suspect in his wife's disappearance.

Investigators said Thursday evening that a cadaver dog had picked up on something, but it became too dark to excavate the area.
They will return to the area Friday morning.

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