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The Curious Case of Christa Caldwell & The Augusta Library Suicide


   It’s a curious case that cries for resolution.

   Christa Caldwell died in 1972, and the news report says she died from suicide in the Augusta Library. Now, the woman’s cousin is working with Investigator Alex Chilton to find out more about the death for family closure.

   The curious part is that there is no record of her death in the coroner’s official log, and any police file has disappeared or been destroyed from flooding years ago.

   “We are looking for any information on Christa or her parents, James and Anne Marie Caldwell. Christa is buried in Westover Memorial Cemetery,” Chilton said. “We need to know the story of her life and death.  We would like to get any available photos of her as an adult. Any information is welcomed.”

  Contact him by email alex@chiltongibbs.com or through his website: www.chiltongibbs.com.

Augusta Chronicle article from 1972

   “I’m not saying there is anything nefarious about her death,” Chilton said. “I think The Chronicle said it best when they said an ‘apparent’ suicide attempt. I don’t think there was any closure on that.

   “’It’s kind of turned into a mystery that everyone in my office has gotten involved in. … We all feel compelled to help the (cousin) with this. It’s turned into a mission.”

Christa is shown here at age 2 with parents, James and Anne Marie Caldwell


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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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