On Christmas Eve, a body presumed to be that of 41-year-old Donald Clark was found in a Lamar County field.
Clark’s ex-wife, 30-year-old Jennifer Leigh Clark, and her boyfriend, 22-year-old Kenneth Michael Yost, have both been arrested and charged with murder, said Lamar County Criminal Investigations Commander Lt. Rick McCreary.
The discovery of the body and the arrests were the culmination of a cadaver dog search that began after a homeowner found Donald Clark’s wallet Monday.
“We searched the immediate area, thinking this was a good lead,” McCreary said.
“We found the boots just down the road.”
A metal baseball bat was also found in the woods.
On Wednesday, Lamar County Sheriff Joe Buice drove separate cars to a field area off Ramah Church Road, where authorities planned on checking a lake. That’s when Buice spotted something suspicious wrapped up near the edge of the woods line.
A search and rescue dog was sent in and it immediately alerted officials that it had found a human.
“When we walked up on it, we could see both feet out from under the wrapping,” McCreary said, further stating that the property where the body was found adjoined Yost property. “The arrests were based on evidence we had seen during the two-day search.”
Because of the badly decomposed nature of the body, family members have not yet been asked to identify it, but the body did have on recognizable clothing.
An autopsy is scheduled for today and the body is expected to be at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab until at least Tuesday.
Jennifer Leigh Clark and Yost are being held, without bond, in the Lamar County Jail. A hearing has not yet been set.