Investigators seek information on body found

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A body found on Monday has investigators with the Murray County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information. According to a press release from the sheriff’s department:

The body of a unidentified, white male was found at Carolton Petty Road and the Conasauga River Bridge. Investigators believe he was in his 20s. The area was investigated by the sheriff’s office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and the body was taken to hte GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy.

If anyone has any information about this incident or anything suspicious between the dates and times of Sunday, March 15 and Monday, March 16 at about 4 p.m., contact the Murray County Sheriff’s Office at 706-695-4592 ext. 339 or the GBI office, Region One at 706-624-1424.

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GBI Seeks Public’s Assistance in 2011 Toccoa Murder Investigation

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Toccoa, GA (March 5, 2020) – This month marks the nine year anniversary of the murder of
Robert Lee Simmons, Jr. The GBI is seeking the public’s assistance with any information about
Simmons’ last days and his murder. Simmons, 46, was found dead at his home at the Glendale
Apartments on Norman Drive on March 1, 2011 by a family member. The Toccoa Police
Department responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call. Simmons’ death was determined to
be a homicide.

This case has remained active for the past nine years and both the GBI and Toccoa Police
Department continue to work to solve this case. Recently, investigators have received new
promising leads in this investigation and are asking for help from those who knew Simmons.
Even the smallest detail may help police with this investigation.
Both law enforcement and Robert Simmons’ family and friends implore anyone with information
to contact the GBI or Toccoa Police Department. GBI Special Agent Shilo Crane is the case
agent and may be reached at 706-348-4866. Tips can also be made on the GBI Tipline at 800-
597-8477 or online submissions may be made on the GBI website: The
Toccoa Police Department may be contacted at 706-282-3244.

Toddler hit and killed by pickup truck on Tuesday evening

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MURRAY COUNTY, GA – Georgia State Patrol (GSP), Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), and Murray County Sheriff’s Office investigating the death of a two-year-old girl, who was hit and killed by a truck on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 15.

According to the Murray County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred at approximately 7:20 p.m. on Old Dalton Ellijay Road at Diamond Way.

Two unattended two-year-old toddlers were walking onto the Northbound side of Old Dalton Ellijay Road as a Nissan pickup truck approached. The driver of the Nissan pick-up truck swerved to miss the children and hit a Dodge pickup head-on. The Nissan did strike the two-year-old girl, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The toddler was hit and killed by the Nissan truck in a residential area.

The driver and two passengers in the Nissan and driver of the Dodge were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the Nissan did not know the little girl and a thorough investigation into the accident is underway.

At this time, Fetch Your News doesn’t have any information about the second toddler.

Currently, GSP has no plans to bring charges against the drivers of the Nissan or Dodge trucks. All parties were from Murray County.

Fetch Your News will be updating this story as soon as more information becomes available.

Arrest of Former Murray County Sheriff’s Office Deputy

May 17, 2019

Chatsworth, GA (May 17, 2019) – On Friday, May 17, 2019, the GBI arrested former Murray County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Levi Amos, 22, for Violation of Oath by Public Officer, Electronically Furnishing Obscene Material to Minors, and Computer Invasion of Privacy. Amos was accessing the Georgia Crime Information Center database in order to obtain personal information on females without authorization.

On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, the GBI was requested by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an investigation concerning Deputy Amos sending inappropriate messages and pictures of himself to juvenile females. After this information was received by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office, Amos was suspended and later resigned in lieu of termination.

This is an ongoing investigation. If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact the GBI at 706-624-1424.

Contact Information:
Joe Montgomery – Assistant Special Agent in Charge – 706-624-1424

GBI Seeks Help with Identifying Body Found in Banks County.


GBI Seeks Help with Identifying Body

Commerce, Georgia – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is seeking the public’s help in identifying human remains found near Interstate 85 in Banks County.

On Sunday, February 5, 2017, a skeleton was discovered in a wooded area near New Salem Methodist Church, at 2170 Highway 59, in Commerce.  The body’s location was one mile south of I-85, Exit 154 for Toccoa/SR 63/Martin Bridge Road.  The Banks County Sheriff’s Office requested GBI’s assistance with the investigation.

A forensic anthropological examination estimates the remains to be of an African American/Hispanic female, approximately 30-44 years of age, and approximately 4’9’ to 5’6” in height.  The date of death is estimated to be up to 4 years prior to the time of discovery.

Found among the remains, was a metal ring and a butterfly necklace charm (see attached photographs). Blue, purple, and gray in color fabrics were also collected from the scene. Dental is available for comparison.

Anyone with information concerning the case is asked to call the GBI Athens office at 706-552-2309 or the Banks County Sheriff’s Office at 706-677-2248. Information may also be submitted on-line here.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Habersham County, GA

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East Ellijay Police Officer Arrested. Theft by Taking

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The GBI arrested East Ellijay Police Office Michael McClure at approximately noon today February 14th 2018.  A copy of Booking report and warrant below.  FYN has requested a statement from the GBI and East Ellijay Police Chief Larry Callahan.

Below is a Press Release Statement from East Ellijay Chief of Police, Larry Callahan.

The GBI Crime Lab Receives Synthetic Opioid Carfentanil

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Decatur, GA – Within the past week, the GBI Crime Lab’s drug identification unit received three cases from separate seizures of the synthetic opioid carfentanil. Carfentanil is a fentanyl analog used as a tranquilizer on large animals such as elephants.

It is purported to be 100 times stronger than fentanyl and suspected of playing a role in hundreds of overdoses in the Midwest part of the country this past month. It can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and very toxic in small quantities. The cases that came in the lab were from the metro Atlanta area and were all suspected to be heroin. As a result of this drug coming into the GBI Crime Lab, lab scientists have enhanced their safety protocols to protect them from the potential dangers.

Some of the changes include wearing a face mask as well as testing any case suspected to contain heroin under a ventilated hood. Officer safety is of grave concern and all officers are strongly encouraged to take extreme caution when handling any suspected opioid.

Carfentanil is not intended for human use and the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan may be effective but only after multiple doses. The public is urged to be aware of the extreme dangers of handling and consuming carfentanil.

GBI Investigating Inmate Death


The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Department of Corrections are currently investigating the death of Christopher Verner, 23, an inmate at Appling Integrated Treatment Facility in Baxley, Georgia.  On Friday, August 26, Verner collapsed at the Appling ITF and was ultimately transferred to Savannah Memorial where he died August 27, 2016.  The GBI Medical Examiner’s Office conducted the autopsy and the results are pending.





GBI Assists Murray County in Toddler Death Investigation


The Georgia  Bureau of Investigation is assisting Murray County officers with investigation of the death of a toddler.

The GBI have joined the investigation after the Murray County Sheriff’s Office responded to the death of a 2 year old.  Authorities responded to an address off Leonard Bridge Road on Wednesday January 13th.  The authorities requested assistance at that time.  Deputies have reported no signs of foul play however the cause of death is unknown.

FYN will update as more information becomes available.

Child in Cage – 2 Arrested in Murray County


The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed a child was found locked in a cage in a Murray County home resulting in the arrest of two women.

A 911 call made at approximately 11am on Thursday, August 6th, led a Murray County Deputy to a home on Bahamas Drive in Chatsworth, Georgia.  The call was a report alleging a child had been left alone.  The deputy met with an unidentified woman accompanied by a female child.  According to authorities the deputy gave an all clear once he established the child had adult supervision.

Later the same day, at approximately 3:15pm, another 911 call came in by the same person who provided additional information and requested police to investigate the home further.  The deputy returned to the home and met with Wanda Redfern and saw the same child.  The deputy gained consent to enter the home and upon further investigation the deputy found two cages inside a bedroom area.  An 11-year-old boy was inside one cage and the other cage was empty.  Additional Murray County deputies and GBI agents responded along with the Department of Family and Children Services.

The mother of the children, Stephanie Elizabeth Stone, was arrested and charged with Cruelty to Children in the 1st degree, False Imprisonment, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Wanda Sue Redfern was also arrested for Cruelty to Children in the 1st Degree and False Imprisonment.  Both women remain in custody and no bond has been set at this time.

The investigation is ongoing by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office and GBI.  FYN will update when additional information becomes available.


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