Arrest Made In Triple Murder; Bodies Found In Georgia Woods

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Three bodies were found in the woods in Hephzibah. (WRDW-TV)

Three bodies were found in the woods in Hephzibah. (WRDW-TV)

Associated Press Release

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (AP) -- Police in eastern Georgia have charged a man in the deaths of his parents and brother whose bodies were found in the woods earlier this week.

According to Richmond County jail records, Ryan David Jones is being held without bond in connection with the deaths of his parents, Roosevelt and Edna, and his brother, Russell.

Their bodies were recovered during a brushfire near an elementary school Tuesday in Hephzibah -- about 15 miles southwest of Augusta.

Authorities say another one of the couples' sons asked police to perform a welfare check because he had not heard from his parents or brother since Monday. When police arrived, they found blood throughout the home and determined the victims had each been shot at least once.

It's unclear if Jones has an attorney.

Associated Press Release

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities in Richmond County say three bodies have been recovered in a wooded area in Hephzibah.

Officials say the bodies of two unidentified black men and an unidentified black woman were found Tuesday. The causes and circumstances that lead to their deaths was not immediately clear, and information on how long the bodies may have been in the woods was not immediately available.

The Augusta Chronicle reports firefighters were responding to a brush fire behind an elementary school when the bodies were discovered. The case is being investigated as a homicide.

Authorities say they're asking for help from the public and probing missing persons reports from the last 30 days for information on the case.

Hephzibah is about 15 miles southwest of Augusta.

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