Georgia woman missing for 12 years gets memorial service

GUMBRANCH, Ga. (AP) – Family members are saying farewell to a Georgia woman who went missing 12 years ago and was never found.

Debora Gayle Moody of Ludowici was last seen in December 2007. Investigators got a break in her case over the summer when a man serving life in prison for an unrelated slaying confessed to killing Moody.


Moody’s mother, Melanie Clark, told WSAV-TV a memorial service was planned for Saturday at a cemetery in tiny Gumbranch, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southwest of Savannah.

Kenneth William Lumpkin, who is serving a sentence of life without parole, confessed to strangling Moody in June after investigators discovered the two had known each other. Lumpkin was imprisoned after pleading guilty to the 2010 slaying of Lori Arrowood, the wife of a an Army soldier stationed at neighboring Fort Stewart.

Lumpkin agreed to talk with investigators about Moody in exchange for immunity from prosecution in her death. He gave authorities an approximate location where he said they might find Moody’s remains. But a search turned up nothing.

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