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Body of Georgia professor sought in shootings is found

Police say George Zinkhan buried himself in dirt and brush in the woods and killed himself. They accuse of him shooting his wife and two other people last month.

May 10, 2009|Associated Press

ATHENS, GA. — Cadaver dogs found the body of a wanted professor "beneath the earth" in the north Georgia woods Saturday, two weeks after police say he shot his wife and two other people to death outside a community theater, then vanished.

Searchers found two guns near the body of marketing professor George Zinkhan, 57, but police wouldn't say how he died. They did say it appears he buried himself in brush and dirt.

Zinkhan disappeared after the April 25 shootings near the University of Georgia, where he had taught since the 1990s.

The dogs found his body about 10 miles west of Athens in thick woods in Bogart, where he lived.

Searchers -- as many as 200 at one point -- had been scouring the woods since Zinkhan's Jeep was found wrecked and abandoned in a ravine about a mile away a week ago.

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