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Body found, arrests made

Jennifer Lynn Clark, ex-wife of Donald Clark, and her boyfriend, Kenneth Michael Yost, have been arrested and charged with murder. Warrants were signed late Christmas eve afternoon after a body, presumed to be that of Donald Clark, was found at 3:10 p.m. by Lamar County sheriff Joe Buice and Lt. Ronnie Goins on a tract of land in Redbone known as the Tom Rusk dairy that is now owned by Ralph Adamson. Buice said lead investigator Rick McCreary had obtained murder warrants for Jennifer Clark and Yost and both were taken into custody. Additional charges are likely. Jennifer Lynn ClarkIn the hours prior to the discovery of the body, a pair of boots belonging to Clark and a metal baseball bat were found in the woods off Potts Pond Road where his wallet was found in a yard December 22. That discovery was not reported to authorities until December 23. The body was found less than 300 yards from the home of Yost’s mother. Buice said he and Goins were talking about the corn field adjacent to where the body was found after breaking for lunch after two grueling days in the woods. They pulled into the field and smelled rotting flesh. A decaying deer was located near the road and the body was found further inside the field and had been dragged into the wood line. ”I could smell the human flesh. It smells different than a deer,” the sheriff said. He surmised that those involved with the killing had killed the deer and intentionally left it there to disguise the scent. Lamar County deputy coroner Cindy Killingsworth (left) emerges from the wooded area in Redbone where a body presumed to be that of Donald Clark was found Dec. 24. She is accompanied by GBI forensics technician Todd Crosby.A crime scene specialist from the GBI arrived just before dusk to begin processing the scene and attend to the removal of the body. It will be taken to the GBI crime lab for autopsy and positive identification. The body was wrapped tightly in what appeared to be a quilt. Another fabric that appeared to be camouflage or similar material had been thrown over it. Only the victim’s toes were visible, Buice said. It appeared the path to the body was well-worn and Buice surmised whomever had hidden it had revisited the scene often since. Taken into evidence were soft drink cans, the cellophane off a cigarette pack and what appeared to be a cup that once held a mixed drink. Clark’s car, a black 1997 Honda Civic, has not yet been found. Several ponds near where the body was found will be searched soon in an effort to locate it. The corn field where the body was found is located on the southeast side of the intersection of Ramah Church and Brent Roads. Anyone noticing suspicious activity in the area in recent weeks is asked to contact authorities at 770.358.5159.

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