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3 Montgomerians found dead in car along Georgia roadside

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Victims now identified: L-R Quinones King (Source: CrimeStoppers); Cheryl Colquitt-Thompson (Source: Facebook);  Rodney Cottrell (Source: Driver's License) Victims now identified: L-R Quinones King (Source: CrimeStoppers); Cheryl Colquitt-Thompson (Source: Facebook); Rodney Cottrell (Source: Driver's License)
Authorities in Georgia process the scene in and around a vehicle where three bodies were found Sunday. Authorities in Georgia process the scene in and around a vehicle where three bodies were found Sunday.

By John Pillow
By Mark Wilder

Authorities with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are searching for clues that will lead them to the person/s responsible for the deaths of three Montgomery, Alabama residents who were left inside a car near Atlanta.

The bodies were discovered in a silver vehicle Sunday morning by a Union City, GA. police officer who was on routine patrol. The officer noticed the automobile parked along an Interstate 85 on-ramp at Flat Shoals Road. That's about 20 miles from Atlanta.

When the officer went to investigate, he found two bodies inside the car. A third body was discovered when the trunk was opened. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office later identified the victims as Cheryl Colquitt-Thompson, 32; Quinones King, 33; and Rodney Cottrell, 43. Their cause of death was not immediately released. Family members tell WSFA 12 News the vehicle belonged to Colquitt-Thompson.

Relatives tell WSFA 12 News they are stunned by the loss of their loved ones.  King and Colquitt-Thompson were uncle and niece, Cottrell was a friend.

"I'm going to think about her. Her smile, because that's all she do, smile," said Charlie Mae Colquitt, Cheryl Colquitt-Thompson's grandmother. Quinones, he always holler momma, what's going on."

Investigators haven't released any other details except to say they are moving forward with the case as a triple homicide.

Copyright 2013 WGCL / WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

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