The death of Courtney Nicole Dubois: A chronology of what we know since her remains were discovered through March 26.

The death of Courtney Nicole Dubois: A chronology of what we know since her remains were discovered through March 26.

 

The map shows (top) Fairmont, W.Va., where Courtney Dubois was last seen and where her remains were found at the Bartow County Landfill.

The timeline of this case:

  • Feb. 2, 1998: Courtney is born in Jacksonville, N.C.,  the daughter of Adam and Lisa Dubois. The family would move to several communities over the years, including Limestone, Maine, where she would attend high school.
  • Aug. 11: The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office believes Dubois’ remains are left at the Cedar Creek Collection Center at 15 Cedar Creek Road — between Adairsville and Cartersville — during the hours of  3 and 6 p.m.
  • Aug. 13: A dumpster from that site was taken to Bartow County Landfill where the remains were found around 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13. Dubois’ body had been dismembered and placed in separate bags. A sanitation worker spotted the torso of a woman, which led to the discovery of the other remains.
  • Aug. 13-31: The sheriff’s office, assisted by the GBI and FBI, continued investigating leads into the identity of the woman.
  • A memorial to Courtney Dubois was placed in Bartow County.
  • Aug. 26: A woman believed to be Dubois’ mother, Lisa Dubois, posts the following on Facebook: “My daughter has been missing for two weeks plz call if you have seen her or know what happened. I love u with all my heart I won’t stop till I find you.”
  • Aug. 31: Social media users establish a link between the images of the victim’s tattoos to the Facebook page, Missing in West Virginia. The biggest link: Matching Dubois’ distinctive chest tattoo to her images in the above pictures.
  • Sept. 5:  GBI medical examiners, using dental records from the family, confirms the victim’s identity as Courtney Nicole Dubois, 20, of Fairmont, W.Va.
  • Early September: WVNews reports that William G. “Bill” Chappell, 31, one of two Cartersville men charged in what authorities say was a Georgia-to-West Virginia meth pipeline — gave up his right to a probable cause hearing in federal court. The online news report says Chappell wants a detention hearing at a later date. Members of his family traveled from Georgia for Tuesday’s hearing in federal court. The story says “Chappell clasped his hands to the back of his head at multiple times during the hearing as the realization set in that he will have to remain behind bars likely at least through the rest of this week and this weekend. Authorities say the second Cartersville suspect, Terrick Robinson, would “bring in the drugs, while Chappell, with guns, served as protection for Robinson, the drugs and the proceeds.”
  • Oct. 20: A Mass of Christian Burial for Dubois is held at Parish of the Precious Blood, St. Louis Catholic Church in Limestone, Maine. The committal service was at St. Louis Cemetery.
  • Feb. 14:  William G. “Will” Chappell pleads guilty to federal drug and gun charges involving a narcotics pipeline from Bartow County to West Virginia in return for not facing prosecution for distribution of a controlled substance resulting in injury or death last Aug. 9 or 10. Chappell also agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and already has been debriefed. Chappell will face 20 or more years in prison for his pleas to a crystal meth possession/distribution conspiracy, and possession of a 9mm handgun in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
  • March 26: Federal grand jurors indict Terrick Robinson, 34, of Cartersville in the alleged fatal overdose in West Virginia of Dubois,  according to the the defendant’s lawyer.
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