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He was accused of bludgeoning Meredith Emerson, 24, after he was seen with her on a trail in the mountains of northern Georgia. Hilton told Georgia investigators that he abducted the woman in a plan to steal cash from her bank accounts, Dawson County District Attorney Lee Darragh said.


Dismembered body ID’d as woman

SWIFTWATER — A severed head and other dismembered remains found stuffed in trash bags and scattered along Pocono Mountain highways have been identified as those of a missing woman, state police said yesterday.

Deanna Maria Null, 36, was reported missing by her family after authorities circulated a description of the victim. She was identified using dental records.

No arrests have been made.

The remains were found scattered along Interstates 380 and 80 in northeastern Pennsylvania, state police said. The first bag was found Jan. 29 by a worker salting roads.

Miss Null’s family called state police on Thursday to report her missing.

“They had seen media coverage on it and knew they had not talked to her in a few weeks. It wasn’t uncommon for her to be missing,” state police Lt. Robert Bartal said.

Miss Null lived in the Scranton and Williamsport areas but was “relatively transient,” he said. The last time she was seen alive was in mid-January.


Green groups back takeover of land

AUSTIN — Environmentalists said yesterday that they support a federal takeover of about 9,200 acres of rugged West Texas state land up for sale.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has proposed selling the Christmas Mountains to private parties as long as they guaranteed public access.

A board is scheduled to meet today to consider two private bids for the land near Terlingua, which has a mile-long border with Big Bend National Park.

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