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05/08/03 - Cherokee County

Family Awaits Autopsy Results

A family living outside Rusk believes a body found there Tuesday is a close relative. It happened in the quiet Shady Grove Community off F.M. 2962.

A person dumping trash in the area stumbled upon the decomposing body of a black male. Just four days earlier, Weldon Session (42) disappeared from his home, located just several hundred yards away from where the body was found. Session's family suspects he was the victim of foul play, but the body has yet to be identified.

"We need justice for this you know," says Session's cousin Verlean Moore. "This is an innocent life taken for what reason, we don't know? And it could be someone else's child here, we do not want that here in this neighborhood."

Moore describes the community as peaceful and relatively uneventful place--not the kind of place where murders happen.

Authorities suspect foul play, but are withholding judgement until forensic examiners finalize their report. Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell says investigators have sent for Sessions dental records.

Session is currently listed as a missing person, but that could change when forensic experts release their final results. Session, a pastor at Shady Grove Church of God and Christ, was engaged to be married when he disappeared.

Kerri Panchuk, Reporting.

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