Houston & Peach

Mom, daughter fatally stabbed at home in apparent robbery

FORT VALLEY — Peach County sheriff’s investigators and members of the GBI are investigating a double homicide that took place in Fort Valley early Friday morning.

Lillian Graves, a retired hospital worker, and her daughter Agnes Stewart, a retired Peach County High School teacher, were discovered in their home on Daniel Drive about 10:30 Friday morning by Graves’ grandson, Sheriff Terry Deese said.

The grandson went to check on the women and discovered the two bodies, each dead from apparent multiple stab wounds, Deese said.

Authorities currently have no leads on suspects, though they believe the motive could be robbery. Both of the women’s purses had their contents spilled out onto the floor. Deese said investigators are checking to see if any cash or credit cards are gone, though electronics in the home, such as TVs, weren’t stolen.

Deese said the house’s home security system was deactivated about 6 a.m. Friday. There was no sign of any break-in or interference with the security system. Authorities suspect the women were killed about 9:30 a.m.

“We haven’t had a murder here in at least three years,” Deese said. “I can’t remember ever having a double homicide in the 26 years I’ve been here.”

Deese said there were no reports of any crime or suspicious activity in the neighborhood, nor had either of the victims filed any complaints with local authorities.

“It’s absolutely shocking,” said Charles Jones, who lives down the street from the house. “I knew them both. They were kind of quiet. Agnes did some preaching at our church a few weeks ago.”

Jones said he didn’t know of any crime in the neighborhood in the past 10 years. It’s a remote neighborhood that still has empty lots on it.

Jones said he plans on being more careful until the perpetrator is caught.

“Absolutely, until I know what’s going on, I’m going to keep a sharp eye,” he said. “My grandkids come on a daily basis. It’s kind of an eerie feeling to have had this happen so close, especially to two people as nice as them.”

Investigators are still canvassing the area and interviewing neighbors and family members, Deese said.

Anyone with any information on the case should contact the Peach County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 825-8637.

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.