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Lawsuit: Murder victim's family wants to search farmland

MACON -- A federal wrongful death lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Macon by the parents of a slain Mercer University law school graduate who want investigators to search farmland in hopes of finding her remains.

The Macon Telegraph reported that the parents of 27-year-old Lauren Giddings want cadaver dogs to look in farmland in central Georgia, west of Macon in Pike County. The land belonged to a relative of murder suspect Stephen McDaniel of Lilburn.

McDaniel, 27, is charged with murder in the June 2011 death of Giddings, who was from Laurel, Md., a classmate and neighbor whose torso was found inside a trash can at the Macon apartment complex where both lived. Police have said the rest of her remains have not been found.

McDaniel has pleaded not guilty. His attorney, Floyd Buford, declined to comment until he's reviewed the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that McDaniel visited the 63-acre farm the weekend before Giddings was killed. The relative lived there until his death last year. The lawsuit contends that McDaniel went there looking for locations where he could "scatter dismembered body parts through the woods."

The Macon newspaper reported that investigators never searched the property.