Authorities ID Body Found in Talladega National Forest

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a body found in the Talladega National Forest last week has been identified as an Anniston man who was reported missing a month earlier.

A couple on a hiking trip made the grisly discovery May 29th when they saw a foot sticking out of the ground along Cheaha Mountain Road.

Talladega County Sheriff Jerry Studdard said the remains were those of 27-year-old Gary Dayle Schlichter. He was reported missing April 29th by relatives. He said the decomposed body had been place in a shallow grave and covered in lime.

Sheriff's Lt. Mike Hubbard said Schlichter died from multiple gunshot wounds, and he said its unclear when the victim was shot and where.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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