Investigators Seek Help Identifying 1981 Homicide Victim Of Samuel Little

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

78-year old Samuel Little — the self-proclaimed serial killer who has confessed to 90 homicides and is among the most prolific in US history — takes responsibility for the 1981 murder of a woman found in Dade County. The Hamilton County District Attorney is asking for the public’s help identifying the victim through facial reconstruction.

On Aug.
15, 2018, the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) contacted the Hamilton County DA’s Cold Case Unit Supervisor Mike Mathis with information provided by Texas inmate Samuel Little regarding the homicide of a young black woman in the early 1980s.

A search of Chattanooga and Hamilton County records did not show either a missing person case or an unsolved homicide from that time period matching the description given by Little.

When Supervisor Mathis reached out to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joe Montgomery immediately recalled the Sept. 28, 1981, discovery of the nude body of an unidentified black female found in a heavily wooded area of northwest Dade County. Months prior to the call from Supervisor Mathis, the GBI had assigned the case to Special Agent Steve Rogers for review. 

GBI S/A Rogers and CCU Supervisor Mathis discussed the case details and gave the information to ViCAP. Then they spoke with Texas Ranger James Holland, who is assigned to the Little investigation. Holland passed along additional information from Little’s confession which made it clear Little was describing the 1981 Dade County cold case.

On Dec. 19, 2018, GBI S/A Rogers and CCU Supervisor Mathis traveled to Decatur, Tx., to interview Samuel Little about this homicide. Little said he met the woman in a nightclub on 9th Street (now MLK Blvd.) in Chattanooga in the early 80s. He described the victim as a light-skinned black female, with a big build, in her early to mid 20s. Little and the woman left the club together and went to a secluded road where Little strangled her. He then rolled her body off an
embankment. In Little’s words, the body kept rolling, implying he was on a steep ridge.

Additional information given by Little regarding the initial encounter and ultimate homicide confirm Little is the one responsible for killing the unidentified woman found dead in Dade County, in 1981.

Due to overlapping jurisdictions, this is an ongoing joint investigation of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Hamilton County DA’s Cold Case Unit. 

Investigators believe the victim was from the Chattanooga area, northwest Georgia or northeast Alabama.

Before Little’s confession, the GBI had already begun attempts to identify the victim. They decided to utilize a special forensic team to create a facial reconstruction based on the woman’s skull. This lengthy process involves placing tissue markers at specific points on the skull so that once clay is added the result is a reconstruction that looks as close to the victim as possible.
 
The Cold Case Unit tip line is 423 209-7470 or email tips to coldcases@hcdatn.org

 


Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Keyonta Bentley To Serve 51 Months On Federal Gun Charge

Missing Bobcat Back In Pen At Reflection Riding; Suspect Cited To Jail


Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ANSLEY, JASON ORLANDO HOMELESS CHATTANOOGA, 37411 Age at Arrest: 38 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga SPEEDING AGGRAVATED ... (click for more)

A Chattanooga man has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for possessing a gun as a convicted felon. District Judge Sandy Mattice handed 28-year-old Keyonta Bentley his sentence after hearing ... (click for more)

Evi, the missing bobcat from Reflection Riding, has returned, and a suspect in her disappearance has been cited to court. Reflection Riding officials identified the suspect as Cayden Melia, ... (click for more)


Breaking News

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ANSLEY, JASON ORLANDO HOMELESS CHATTANOOGA, 37411 Age at Arrest: 38 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga SPEEDING AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AGGRAVATED ASSAULT VEHICULAR HOMICIDE LEAVING SCENE ACCIDENT DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY DRIVING ON REVOKED, SUSPENDED OR CANCELLED LICENSE FAILURE ... (click for more)

Keyonta Bentley To Serve 51 Months On Federal Gun Charge

A Chattanooga man has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for possessing a gun as a convicted felon. District Judge Sandy Mattice handed 28-year-old Keyonta Bentley his sentence after hearing arguments from his attorney, Jackson Whetsel, and prosecuting attorney Chris Poole. Attorney Whetsel asked Judge Mattice to consider the circumstances of the arrest. While the police ... (click for more)

Opinion

Why I Support Funding The Proposed Budget

Dear Commissioners of Hamilton County, I attended the District 3 community meeting with Commissioner Greg Martin and School Board Chairman Joe Wingate, who was filling in for District 3 Rep. Joe Smith. Commissioner Martin stated he had not made up his mind on how to vote for the tax increase at that time. He requested thoughtful input on why the citizens of his district wanted ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: VW Needs Big Repairs

The banner headline on Monday morning read, “Gov. Lee, top Republicans celebrate failed UAW bid to unionize Volkswagen,” and that’s the second-worst thing that the headline could have said. The worst, of course, is if the UAW had won, and the Detroit-based union that lost 35,000 members last year would be revived -- breaking a hole into the tight wall of foreign-owned auto assembly ... (click for more)

Sports

Red Bank Dunks Cleveland For First Swim Win

It’s been a challenging summer so far for the Red Bank Gators swim team, but they had extra reason to celebrate Monday night after beating the Cleveland Aqua Tigers for their first win of the season. Both teams entered Monday’s competition winless in three meets, but the Gators now have a slash in the win column after recording a convincing victory by a final score of 402-262. ... (click for more)

CASL: Monday's High-Point Scorers:

CLEVELAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS: 18 – Trey Parris III, Monroe Chittum 17 – Breanna Belcher, Charlie Chittum 16 – Lauren Thompson 15 – Elijah Sluss 13 – Luke Hunt 12 – Norah Holt 11 – Abby Anglin 10 – M.J. Miller, Eva Christmann, Estella Clemons, Ivy Briggs. RED BANK HIGH-POINT SCORERS: 19 – Noah Blake, Ben Meagher 17 – Trevor Brooks 15 – Simon Bastnagel ... (click for more)