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Marcelle "Marci" Elliott Update: Suspect Confessed to Strangling University of West Georgia Student, Say Police

Rob Douthit, a university spokesman, told the Times-Georgian that campus police are assisting investigators in their search for Elliott. Elliott is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 110 pounds. Anyone with information about Elliott's disappearance is urged to call Det. Shannon Cantrell at 770-834-4451.
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Marcelle "Marci" Elliott Update: Suspect Confessed to Strangling University of West Georgia Student, Say Police
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CARROLLTON, Ga. (CBS/WGCL/AP) Police in Georgia say the woman charged with murdering 21-year-old University of West Georgia student Marcelle "Marci" Elliott confessed to the killing two days before her lawyer told reporters that she maintains her innocence.

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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police say Farrah Strength confessed on Wednesday, July 28 to strangling Elliot in her home and eventually led investigators to the body.

"She was the last person according to cell phone records to talk to and see her, and so that's what led us to her," Carrollton Police Capt. Chris Dobbs told the paper. "She gave us a confession, and she led us to Marcy."

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said authorities are still working to identify the body believed to be the missing student. He said investigators are hoping to use dental records and possibly DNA to identify the body.

Carroll County district attorney Peter J. Skandalakis said Strength and another suspect, Joshua Clay, were denied bond Friday on charges they murdered Elliott and then dumped her body in a swampy area.

Police say the 29-year-old Strength is charged with murder, felony murder and kidnapping. The 31-year-old Clay is charged with murder and kidnapping.

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