Woman found dead in north Houston County

bpurser@macon.comApril 2, 2013 

A woman found dead Tuesday afternoon in north Houston County may have been killed in Macon, authorities suspect.

“We do have evidence that the crime did occur in Macon,” Houston County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Holland said Wednesday.

The victim is a 26-year-old resident of south Houston County, whose name won’t be released until a positive identification is made and her family is notified, a Houston County sheriff’s news release stated late Tuesday. An autopsy is Wednesday at a GBI crime lab in Macon, Holland said.

Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton said late Tuesday that the death is being treated as homicide.

Investigators gathered evidence from a home in the 3600 block of Macon’s Flamingo Drive, and are trying to determine if that is where she was killed.

A stream of yellow crime scene tape tied to a garbage can on Flamingo Drive was the only sign something was amiss early Wednesday morning in the residential neighborhood between Broadway and Houston Avenue.

A young man who answered the door at about 7:20 a.m. Wednesday said he did not know the victim, but that police had been there overnight.

He said he didn’t know if they found anything.

From inside the house, a woman said that officers would only tell them the investigation was ongoing and then she told the young man to close the door because they were trying to sleep.

Jami Gaudet, public information officer for Macon police, confirmed only that Macon police and Bibb County sheriff’s office are working the case in conjunction with Houston County. Holland said Macon police are expected to take the lead in the case because the woman was believed to have been killed in Macon. He declined to confirm the address.

Houston 911 received call at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday from an unidentified person saying there was a dead body at a particular location in north Houston County, according to the sheriff and the news release.

When deputies went out there, they found the body near a wooded area off Fairgrounds Road.

The victim had visible injuries that are believed to have occurred at another location, the release stated. Holland declined to elaborate.

Deputies blocked off a part of Fairgrounds Road, off of Dunbar Road, Tuesday evening, and a Georgia Bureau of Investigation unit was on the scene.

The victim was last seen about 2 p.m. Monday driving a brown 2006 Ford Fusion with Georgia license tag HU58HJ. The car, which belonged to a relative but was regularly used by the victim, has not been located, Holland said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Houston County sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Middlebrooks or Lt. Dave Carrick at (478) 542-2085, other law enforcement agencies or call the Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 742-2330 or 1-877-68CRIME.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation.

Houston Editor Jennifer Burk and staff writer Liz Fabian contributed to this report. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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