DECATUR, GA – The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are asking the publics’ help in identifying the man in a sketch who attacked a woman whose vehicle broke down off Highway 441 North in Morgan County last June. The victim in this case feels the sketch of the Ranger, North Carolina suspect looks similar to her attacker. 
(see previous news release)

An investigator with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office contacted the GBI’s Milledgeville Office this week after seeing news reports of the sketch of the Ranger suspect. 

According to Morgan County Sheriff’s investigators, the woman’s vehicle became disabled on Highway 441 approximately 10 miles north of I-20 at around 5:30pm on Friday, June 5. As she was repairing the vehicle by removing and replacing the battery cables, she was accosted from behind.  The victim fought off the attacker and fled the area in her car without seeing the suspect’s vehicle.  GBI Forensic Artist Marla Lawson completed a sketch of the suspect with the assistance of the victim.  A copy of the sketch is attached. The suspect is described as a white male; 5’ 6” to 5’ 7” tall; slim build; with short, light brown hair.  He has a strong jaw line and a dimple in his chin. He was wearing a white T-shirt and beige colored shorts that came down below his knees.  The only age estimate she could provide was that he was “young looking”.

During an interview with the victim yesterday by the GBI and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, she indicated that the Ranger sketch looked similar to her attacker.

The GBI and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office are pursuing the possibility of a connection between this incident and the incident in Ranger and the disappearance of Kristi Cornwell. 

The GBI has issued a Criminal Intelligence Bulletin to law enforcement nation-wide on these 3 incidents.
Investigators are asking anyone with information on the possible identity of the man in the sketch to please call the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477) or the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office at 706-342-1507.

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Contact Information:

John Bankhead - 404-270-8330