Friday, September 11, 2009

Murder Victim Identified; Suspect Still Sought

This is a picture of the woman whose body was found this morning off a dirt drive on Riverfront Drive in Augusta.

She's been identified as 53-year-old Teresa McElderry. Her killer is still being sought.

According to Lt. Scott Peebles, this morning at about 9:55, a Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy was flagged down in reference to a man finding a body on the dirt road.

"The case is being investigated as a homicide, but we do not intend to release much information regarding injuries to the victim or other evidence found at the scene at this time. We are still very early in the investigation and will release as much as possible when we are able to," Lt. Peebles said in a press release earlier today.This is Richmond County’s 20th Homicide this year and there were 20 this time last year.

The city's 19th homicide was recorded last night. According to Lt. Peebles, at 9:37 p.m. Thursday, the sheriff’s office responded to a shooting incident in the parking lot of the Circle K, Gordon Hwy. at Olive Road. Upon arrival, officers found 45-year-old Robert Lee Stone Jr., of Webster Road in Waynesboro, deceased of multiple gunshot wounds to the body.

The suspect in that case is described as follows:

Black Male, mid 20s, slim build, 5-07 to 5-08, medium complexion and close cut hair.

"The suspect was wearing what was described as a bright yellow t-shirt, dark pants and white tennis shoes," Lt. Peebles said in a press release. "As with another recent murder, in which the clothing of the suspect was key in identifying a suspect and leading to an arrest, Investigators also believe that the clothing of this suspect will be crucial. What stood out to all witnesses was the bright yellow shirt of the suspect. It is likely that the suspect was seen by many friends and acquaintances in this same shirt throughout the day."

The victim is a truck driver, and he frequently parked his rig in the parking lot of this “truck stop”. He also frequently slept in the cab of the truck in the parking lot, rather than driving back to Waynesboro. At this time, motive is not known.

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