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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    On the Third Coast

    TN - Justin Fuqua, 30, Leighton, Dec 2009


    20 Jan 10

    Lawrence County authorities have discontinued the search for a Leighton man missing since a December raid of a dog-fighting operation, Sheriff Gene Mitch*ell said.

    Justin Fuqua, 30, of Leighton disappeared after he fled from deputies during the raid.

    Authorities hadnít found Fuqua as of Tuesday and hadnít received any reports of sightings of Fuqua in several weeks, Mitchell said.

    Family members at one time thought he could have fallen into a creek, but days after the raid, someone said they might have seen him in a field, Mitchell said in December.

    Search crews periodically searched the area for about five weeks, Mitchell said.

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  2. #2
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    Aug 2008
    up north

    Fuqua Search Open Case


    Amber Stuart WHNT Reporter
    4:36 PM CST, January 27, 2010

    LAWRENCE COUNTY - Just before Christmas Lawrence County deputies busted a dog fighting ring in Town Creek.

    During the raid the people involved scattered off into nearby woods to run from law enforcement, one man didn't come out.
    "We've exhausted all their efforts. We've used sonar, we've used airplanes with flairs early on when we thought there might be some heat and nothing has produced anything at all. So we're kind of still in a holding pattern to see what happens," said Sheriff Gene Mitchell.

    People involved in the dog fighting ring told investigators that Justin Fuqua held the bets that night.

    Sheriff Gene Mitchell says they know he had at least $16,000 on him, and maybe much more.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2008
    up north

    Found deceased


    Man who disappeared from dogfighting raid found dead at creekside
    By The Associated Press
    February 01, 2010, 6:56AM

    TOWN CREEK, Ala. -- Officials in Lawrence County say the body of a man who disappeared during a dogfighting raid in December has been found.

    Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell says the body of 30-year-old Justin Fuqua of Leighton was discovered Sunday on the shoreline of Town Creek at Doublehead Resort.

    The TimesDaily reports Mitchell said an autopsy will be performed and his department has asked the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to investigate, because the sheriff's office was involved in the raid.
    Rest in Peace Justin.

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