Two women believed to be responsible for the death of a woman found Nov. 27 in Morgan County have been detained in Louisiana and officials are seeking extradition back to Georgia.

Lori Goodman, 43, of Richmond, Va. and Rose Richardson, 40, of Shrieveport, La., have both been charged with malice murder in the death of Debra Ann Dressler, 42, of Chesterfield County, Va., said Morgan County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Angie Benson.

Dressler’s body was found near a dumpster at the intersection of Centennial and Newborn Roads in Rutledge, just outside of Madison, Benson said.

They are currently being held in Bossier City, La., where they were pulled over driving Dressler’s 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier on Nov. 30.

Morgan County officials have also charged Goodman and Richardson with theft by taking for taking Dressler’s car, Benson said.

More information about the suspects’ extradition should be available some time this week, said Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit assistant district attorney Kirk Cheney.

“Motive has been established by Morgan County,” said Cheney, who could not comment further on the details of the investigation.

Dressler’s body was discovered by a Morgan County citizen around 8 a.m., Nov. 26. Benson said the body was covered up, almost like someone had fallen asleep next to the dumpster.

“It all just fell into place with one phone call (from the citizen),” Benson said. “With us being right off I-20, a lot of times we get those crazy things, but this one’s just a little weird. This one was totally different.”

Dressler was wanted by law enforcement officials in Virginia for the death of her husband, Richard Wayne Dressler Sr., who had been killed Nov. 26, a day before she was found dead in Rutledge, Benson said.

The incident is still under investigation by the sheriff’s department, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and other agencies.

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