Neighbors shocked after alleged murder suspect found hiding in vacant Valdosta home

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 17, 2017

Calvin Jerome Davis

LOWNDES CO., Ga. (WCTV) – Lowndes County deputies are one step closer to answers in a brutal cold case.

They believe Calvin Davis, 49, murdered Grant Green 24 years ago.

Davis is now behind bars, after being captured last week. Deputies found him hiding in a vacant house on Giddens Drive.

"That's very crazy. I'm glad they got him," says a nearby neighbor.

People in neighboring homes are still in disbelief to hear a suspected murderer was using the empty house as a hideout.

Some residents say they witnessed undercover deputies bust through the door and arrest Davis and his girlfriend who were hiding inside.

"Right in this neighborhood, you have the little kids playing," says Ashton Hamilton. "I have kids and he could've went on another rampage and killed somebody out here. That's very crazy."

Mothers like Hamilton say it's a scary reality. There was a murder just down the street on Knox Drive last year.

"This is the second thing," says Hamilton. "It makes me want to move out of the area."

The neighborhood says they've seen an increase in law enforcement patrol, but they're still on high alert.

Many are now keeping an eye on what's behind closed doors.

"This right here is shocking, so you never know I guess what really goes on in your neighborhood," says Hamilton.

Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk says the house was close to a nearby nursing home where Davis' mother lives.

Davis is facing charges of felony murder and criminal trespassing.


By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 5, 2017

LOWNDES CO., Ga. (WCTV) – After 24 years, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office has identified the alleged suspect in the cold case of Grant Green.

Tuesday, the LCSO says they’re searching for Calvin Jerome Davis for the violent beating that led to Green’s murder.

The 61-year-old victim was an insurance salesman reported missing, after never returning home Sept. 1, 1993.

The next day, Green’s truck was located on East Savannah Avenue. Later, his body was found dumped off the intersection of Clay Road and Highway 94.

During the investigation, LCSO detectives and the GBI recovered a bloody palm print that was found on the tailgate of the victim’s truck.

The Sheriff’s Office says they recently began examining the old case and the hand print.

Using a Fingerprint Identification Unit at the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office, investigators were able to identify the print belonging to Davis.

On Friday, they issued an arrest warrant for Davis for the offense of murder.

They are now looking to locate Davis, who is believed to be in the Valdosta area.

Anyone with information on Calvin Davis’ whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately.


Officials say a bloody palm print that was found on this tailgate from the victim’s truck.