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Sean Dugas, crime reporter, ID'ed as body found encased in cement


Sean Dougan, a reporter from Florida, was found encased in concrete buried in a Georgia backyard.


John MacDougall

Sean Dugas, a former crime reporter for The Pensacola News Journal, was ID'ed as the body found buried in a Georgia backyard encased in concrete in a plastic container. 

Dugas, 30, had been missing since August 27, CNN reported. He was identified by a forensic pathologist using dental and facial bone CT scans and surgically implanted dental hardware serial numbers, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution

"It's a little hard to wrap your head around it," said Kris Wernowsky, who sat next to Dugas for about three years while working at the Pensacola News Journal, the Associated Press reported. "I've worked there for so many years and covered many things in Florida. You never would have thought you would go to a website and click on a story about someone you know. ... It's heartbreaking."

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Twin brothers, 31-year-olds William and Christopher Cormier, have been charged with the journalist's murder by blunt force trauma. The two had initially been charged with concealment of a death. 

The Cormiers had buried the body in their father's backyard; they told him upon their return from Florida that they had accidentally killed a friend's dog they were watching, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. 

It is not clear where Dugas was murdered, but new evidence is “trickling in,” according to Winder, Georgia Police officer Chris Cooper, the Pensacola News Journal reported

Pensacola police have reportedly obtained footage of one of the Cormier brothers buying supplies used in the murder.