Pavo Residents React to Elijah James Arson Trial

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Pavo, Georgia is type of place where people wave 'hello' on the street, and strangers go out of their way to offer their help.

Residents say that's why it came as such a shock when the Buick LeSabre belonging to missing woman Danielle Brown turned up in the city's dump almost a year ago, on February 8, 2010.

The car was badly burned, and missing its tags and Vehicle Identification Number.

Scott Sapp lives less than a mile from the dump, and said the discovery was a little unsettling:

"Everywhere something happens, but it's crazy, to be honest with you, this little town ... you know, right here, down the street from my house."

The man last seen with Brown, ex-boyfriend Elijah James, is now on trial in Thomas County for arson, but the 21-year-old's body has never been found.

Bill Johnson works in Pavo, and says he grieved for the loss of the young woman:

"I was really sad to the fact that, you know, that was someone's child -- whatever the situation that would cause this to happen, nobody knows -- and I just wish they could put it to closure."

Pavo Police Chief Sydney Turner says his department has given investigators full support since day one, and he believes people in the community just want to see 'justice done'.


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