Runaway Rentz teens accused in Laurens County killing

lfabian@macon.comMay 12, 2014 

Dustin Sage Mitchell

Two Rentz teens who ran away from home are accused of killing a 66-year-old Laurens County man.

Dustin Sage Mitchell, 17, and a 15-year-old girl, whose identity was not immediately released due to her age, are charged with murder, armed robbery, burglary and auto theft, according to news release from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.

When Curtis Ray Beck failed to show up at work for a satellite television provider, a co-worker paid a visit Sunday morning to Beck’s house at 1025 Turkey Creek Church Road.

Beck was dead and his 2010 Ford Fusion was gone, the release said.

GBI crime scene technicians gathered clues and evidence from the house later that day, and investigators uncovered information leading to the runaways as suspects.

Early Monday, the young couple was seen in Beck’s car on a rural road in south Laurens County.

Officers from the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Department of Natural Resources swarmed in, and the teens yielded to the traffic stop.

They were arrested, and Beck’s car was recovered, the release stated.

Investigators determined the teens burglarized Beck’s house while he was not home.

When Beck returned and found them inside, he was “violently attacked,” the release stated.

Laurens County Coroner Richard Stanley took Beck’s body to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy, which was expected late Monday or early Tuesday.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office at 478-272-1522.

To contact Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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