Teenager Arrested for Murder After Body Found on Railroad Tracks

-- Valdosta, Ga. -- April 13, 2012 -- 8:35pm --

Valdosta Police have made an arrest in the murder of Timothy McKinney. Eyewitness News Reporter Eames Yates spoke to the victims family.

The victim's older sister, Laverne McKinney, said "My daughter woke me up and said they found a body not knowing it was my baby brother they found laying on that track."

She went on to recall the moment she knew her brother had died saying "when the detective came and showed me a picture... [cries] That was my baby brother."

The victim's older brother, Craig McKinney, said "I hate they did what they did to my brother. I hate that. I really do. And it hurt me to my heart to see the way that my brother had died."

Rizer is accused of shooting McKinney to death. A serious accusation for someone just 19 years old.

Lieutenant Aaron Kirk of the Valdosta Police Department said "unfortunately we do have a lot of young adults that are involved in criminal activity so it's not really a surprise to me that we do see him that age."

Rizer is currently being held here at the Lowndes County Jail. He has been denied bond.

He was arrested without incident in the 1300 block of Ponderosa Drive.

Valdosta, Ga. - April 13, 2012 - 10:35am -

This morning, members of the Valdosta Police Department Detective Division and Patrol Power Squad arrested Terrell Rashaun Rizer, 19 year old, African American male, for the murder of Timothy McKinney. The arrest was made without incident in the 1300 block of Ponderosa Drive. Rizer is currently being held in the Lowndes County Jail.

There is no further information available at this time.

Anyone having any information is urged to contact the VPD at 229-242-2606 or to call the anonymous crime tip line at 229-293-3091.

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Valdosta, Ga. - April 12, 2012 - Noon -

We now know the identity of a Valdosta man found dead on the railroad tracks yesterday in Lowndes County.

The victim has been identified as 33 year old Timothy McKinney. He was found on the railroad tracks behind the 1400 block of Baymeadows Drive. Valdosta Police say he was found by two 13 year old teenagers a little after 4 PM. Police say he had multiple gun shot wounds which they believe was the cause of death.

They are not speculating about the circumstances of his death.

If you have any information you're urged to call the Valdosta Police Department. All callers can remain anonymous. The crime tip line is 229-293-3091
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- Valdosta, Ga. - April 12, 2012 -

VPD Release

On April 11, 2012 at approximately 4:16pm, the Valdosta Police Department responded to a body discovered on the railroad tracks behind the 1400 block of Baymeadows Drive. The victim has been identified as 33 year old Timothy McKinney an African American male from Valdosta. Investigators from the Valdosta Police Department are working to develop leads and a suspect.

Anyone having any information is urged to contact the VPD at 229-242-2606 or to call the anonymous crime tip line at 229-293-3091.

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- Valdosta, Ga. - April 11, 2012 -

A body is found lying on rail road tracks in Valdosta and police believe it was a homicide.

Laverne McKinney says she is the man's sister. She wants answers.

"Who ever did it, who ever killed my brother please somebody come through please," McKinney said.

Bay Meadows Drive is the street right next to the tracks. It swarmed with people Wednesday. McKinney says last time she saw her brother alive was two o'clock that morning on his way out of the house.

"And if anybody knows about it, which I know somebody out there knows something, you all need to come through and tell us something," McKinney said.

Valdosta police say they got the call at 4:16 p.m. that a dead body was found on the nearby railroad tracks. It was discovered by two children walking home from school.

Police have not released the man's identity yet while they notify the next of kin. The man appears to be in his 40s and has a gunshot wound on his body.

Anyone having any information is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department. They can remain anonymous by calling the crime tip line at 229-293-3091.

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UPDATE - April 11, 2012
Valdosta Police Press Release

On the above date at approximately 4:16 pm, two children walking home from school discovered the body of a deceased, African American male on the railroad tracks that run behind the 1400 block of Baymeadows Drive. The identity of the male is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. The deceased appears to be in his 40’s and it appears that he may have a gunshot wound to his body. At this time the case is being treated as a homicide. Valdosta Police Department Officers, Detectives, and Crime Laboratory personnel are at the scene and are conducting an investigation.

Anyone having any information is urged to contact the VPD at 229-242-2606 or to call the anonymous crime tip line at 229-293-3091.

Press Release Completed by Captain Bobbi E. McGraw

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Valdosta, GA -- April 11, 2012 --

A body has been found on train tracks in Valdosta near Green Leaf Center off of East Park Avenue. Valdosta Police are on scene.

Eyewitness reporter Greg Gullberg is also on scene.

As more information becomes available, WCTV will bring it to you.


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