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DNA clues may identify remains as missing Lilburn woman

LAWRENCEVILLE - Authorities may be closer to determining whether skeletal remains found two years ago in Franklin County are those of a 40-year-old Lilburn woman missing since 2005.

The Georgia State Medical Examiner said there are some definite links between DNA taken from those remains and that of family members of Leslie Marva Adams, a single mother of two last heard from on Oct. 21, 2005.

According to reports, Adams told her mother she would be at her sister's birthday celebration the following day but never showed up.

On Oct. 24, police found Adams' car parked outside her Jodeco Circle apartment. Inside, they found blood near the foot of her bed and a casing from a .45-caliber bullet. Foul play was immediately suspected.

Just five days before her disappearance, according to court records, Adams filed for a temporary protective order against ex-boyfriend Billy Joe Cook. In her application, Adams said she feared for her life. Cook said he and Adams often argued but that he had never gotten physical. The order was granted and a family violence hearing was scheduled for Oct. 26.

When Adams failed to show up, the hearing was rescheduled for Nov. 2. When Adams did not appear at that hearing, the order was dismissed.

Jail records show Cook was arrested and charged with aggravated stalking on March 9, 2006, for allegedly calling Adams' home the night she disappeared. During his preliminary hearing, Cook said he was trying to patch things up with Adams.

Police said then that Cook was cooperative and was not a suspect in Adams' disappearance.

In May 2007, a couple clearing their land in a swampy area near Ga. Highway 320 in Carnesville found skeletal remains and clothes, including shoes, a sweater and capri pants. A breast implant was also found, but there was no serial number, reports said. Adams had undergone breast augmentation.

The findings were sent to the FBI Crime Lab in Washington, D.C., but tests were inconclusive, according to Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Jim Fullington.

"(The FBI) told us that there are some similarities but they can't give us a positive match," Fullington said. "So we have forwarded remains to North Texas University where they do advanced, more specific testing."

Late Thursday, Fullington said test results may be available today.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said the investigation is being jointly conducted by police from Lilburn and Gwinnett, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and the GBI.

If the remains are determined to be Adams', what is now a missing persons case could be turned over to the FCSO.

"If and when it is identified as (Adams), Franklin County will be taking over the investigation," Schiralli said.