Suspect Charged in KOA Campground Death


Bainbridge, Georgia - December 29, 2011 -

An arrest has been made in a murder that happened on Monday night at the KOA Campground in Bainbridge.

Chief Investigator Frank Green said Carolyn Perkins has been charged with felony murder in the death of 86 year old Gerald Woodard.

Green said Perkins robbed Woodard at his home and when he ran for help he collapsed and died. Perkins is also suspected in two other thefts that happened in the area last week.

Bainbridge, Georgia - December 28, 2011 -

Bainbridge Public Safety, along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is investigating an apparent homicide on Wednesday evening at the KOA campground on W Shotwell Street.

Gerald Woodard, 86 years old, died from a heart attack after being robbed at his camper at about 9 pm. It is thought that a black female knocked on his door and asked for money or was possibly an acquaintance. She is said to have grabbed his money and took off running.

Apparently Gerald Woodard first retrieved his pistol and then proceeded from his camper to the next camper, but no one answered his knock. He went to the next camper where he and that resident were heading to see the campground manager when Gerald Woodard collapsed.

An out of town paramedic, camping at the campground, began CPR within about a couple of minutes as EMS and Bainbridge Public Safety responded. EMS arrived and continued life saving measures and transported Gerald Woodard to the hospital. Soon after, Coroner Peter Bruton arrived and pronounced the death.

Public Safety officers quickly taped off the crime scene and Woodard's camper was cleared and secured. Public Safety Investigators headed by Captain Frank Green, along with Public Safety Director Eric Miller, arrived on scene.

Sheriff's Captain Chip Nix arrived to assist and the tracking dogs from Apalachee Correctional Institute in Sneads FL were requested and arrived. ACI's Sgt. Charles Sneads, Adam Mercer, Travis Hatcher attempted to track the area around Woodard's camper with no luck.

The GBI Crime Unit arrived to process the scene. Special Agent in Charge Steve Turner stated that they were processing the inside of the camper for any evidence of another person that may be involved in the robbery which resulted in Mr Woodard's death.

BPS Captain Frank Green stated that a reward is being offered for information leading to the person or person's involved in the robbery. He stated persons may contact Bainbridge Public Safety Investigative Division at 229-248-2043 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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