Macon police today searched the apartment of Lauren Giddings, who went missing a week ago and was apparently murdered.
Investigators were seen today entering the woman's apartment and the unit directly below at 1058 Georgia Ave., near Mercer Law School. A Macon police officer who did not want to be identified told 13WMAZ's Lauren DiSpirito that investigators were dusting the apartments for fingerprints.
A police news release issued by spokeswoman Jami Gaudet this afternoon said: "The apartment area will continue to be a focal point of the investigation. We are retracing our steps and are continuing to collect evidence."
A 13WMAZ videojournalist saw the investigators and police vans leave the scene early this afternoon.
Giddings has not been seen since Saturday, June 25, and police say they believe a body found on the left side of her apartment building last Thursday is hers. Police Chief Mike Burns would not comment on reports that the body was dismembered.
People in the neighborhood reported to 13WMAZ that officers were digging and cutting brush in a wooded area near the apartment well after dark Saturday.
They were looking in a lot to the right of Giddings' home. The lot extends to an alley behind the apartment complex.
In the news release issued today, police said they searched the wooded area last night with the help of the Fire Department and Public Works employees after someone reported a foul odor, which turned out to be from a dead animal.
Police urge anyone with information about the case to call police at 478 751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.