UPDATE: GBI serving more search warrants on bodies found in burned car in Lizella
J.T. Ricketson with the GBI Perry’s office said officials served two more search warrants on Friday: one was at a home in Houston County and the other at a home in Macon County. Agents collected evidence they believe can help them in this case.
Officials were back in Macon County again on Monday.
GBI investigators say the autopsies of the two bodies found in a burning car in Lizella revealed they were shot to death.
Special Agent J.T. Ricketson with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Perry office says both victims are male and had multiple gun shot wounds.
Investigators believe the shooting happened in another location and the bodies were driven to Crawford County for disposal. Ricketson says DNA testing will need to be done in order to help them identify the bodies. He believes dental records can be used as well.
Ricketson adds investigators served a search warrant at a residence in Macon County because they believe some items there may be connected to the victims. He explains they are following up on leads, but it’s difficult because the rental car the bodies were found in was handed off to many different people.
The special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Perry office says investigators are still out looking for more clues after two bodies were discovered inside a burning car Sunday morning.
Special Agent J.T. Ricketson says a Crawford County sheriff’s deputy discovered a vehicle on fire in a wooded area behind a home on Marshall Mill Road. The Crawford County Fire Department was called in to put out the fire and that’s when the two bodies were discovered.
“One of the issues that we have is the preservation of the crime scene. The way this was found out, at first it appeared to be nothing more than a vehicle fire,” Ricketson says.
Investigators don’t know if the deaths were accidental or intentional and are relying on autopsy results to determine whether there was any foul play. Ricketson says the fact the bodies were discovered in the back seat of the car could be a clue, but it’s too early to determine what happened.
After running the car’s VIN and tag number, agents were able to trace the car back to an Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Warner Robins. Ricketson explains investigators tracked down the original person who rented the car and interviewed them.
“That car changed hands a number of times with a number of individuals, and so now we’re in the process of trying to run all those different leads down,” says Ricketson. “These leads are taking us into Houston County, over into Peach, down into Macon County. Again this car had been rented for several weeks and so during that time that it was out there are a number of people that became associated and affiliated with the car.”
At this time the two bodies have not been identified and this investigation is ongoing. An autopsy on the bodies is scheduled for Wednesday.
Anyone with information is asked to call the GBI in Perry at 478-987-4545 or the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office at 478-836-3116.