GBI: Two charged in deaths of three in South Georgia

Ronnie Hackle (left), Mercedes Hackle (center), and Bobbie Lynn Moore (right). (Source: Facebook | WALB)

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 15, 2019

NASHVILLE, GA (WCTV) -- Two people have been charged in the deaths of three people in South Georgia by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

GBI investigators say 25-year-old Keyante Greene has been charged with three counts of concealing the death of another person.

Authorities say 20-year-old Jonathan Vann has been charged with three counts of malice murder in the deaths of Ronnie Hackle, Jr., 27, Mercedes Hackle, 17, and Bobbie Lynn Moore, 22.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
March 15, 2019

NASHVILLE, GA (WCTV) -- Authorities say the remains believed to be that of a third missing person from South Georgia have been found and a second suspect has been arrested in the case.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Friday that additional remains had been located on Thursday. The discovery came after remains of at least two people were discovered earlier this week.

Officials are still working to positively identify the remains, but say the three victims are believed to be Ronnie Hackle, Jr., 27, Mercedes Hackle, 17, and Bobbie Lynn Moore, 22, who were recently reported missing.

The GBI also announced the arrest of another person in connection to the deaths, Kenyata Green, 25.

Jonathan Douglas Vann, 20, was arrested in the case on Wednesday.

March 14, 2019

NASHVILLE, GA (WALB) - One person was arrested Wednesday in connection to the disappearance of three people and death of two of them, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Jonathan Douglas Vann, 20, of Nashville, was arrested in connection to the disappearances and deaths and booked into the Berrien County Jail.

The two deceased have not been positively identified and the third person is still missing, according to the GBI.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI to assist with the missing persons investigation following the discovery of a vehicle on fire. On Tuesday, at approximately 5:30 a.m., the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of a vehicle on fire in the area off Highway 135 at the Alapaha River near the Atkinson County line in Berrien County.

As a result of the investigation, it was determined that the car was being used by Bobbie Lynn Moore, 22.

Further investigation determined that Moore, Ronnie Wayne Hackle, Jr., 27, and Mercedes Maelyn Hackle, 17, were not responding to attempts to make contact.

The GBI, with the assistance of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, Atkinson County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, have since located the remains of two individuals whose identities have not yet been confirmed.

The remains are being sent to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Macon for autopsy and identification.

The investigation is active and ongoing, GBI officials said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office at (229) 686-7071 or the GBI Douglas Office at (912) 389-4103.

Jonathan Douglas Vann (Courtesy: WALB)

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