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GBI confirms Parker was a homicide victim

WALKER COUNTY, GA. (Times Free Press)-- Police believe Sam Parker dumped his estranged wife's body behind a cornfield in Chattooga County 3 1/2 years ago, but even after the autopsy they can't tell how she died.

"You've got to take into account [Theresa Parker's] body was out in the elements for 3 1/2 years, subjected to many circumstances," Walker County, Ga., Sheriff Steve Wilson said Friday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Friday a medical examination showed Theresa Parker, a former Walker County 911 dispatcher, was a homicide victim. But the exam could not reveal what specific injury caused her death, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said.

"It's rare to determine the cause of death when you have a skeleton that's been out in the woods this long," he said.

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