GBI Investigates Aggravated Assaults in Homerville, Clinch County - UPDATE

UPDATE: Homerville, GA (October 6, 2020) – On Monday, October 5, 2020, the GBI, Homerville Police Department, and Georgia State Patrol arrested Randall Deon Jackson, 30, and Malik Griffin, 24, both from Homerville. Jackson was charged with Aggravated Assault, Tampering with Evidence, Affray, and Disorderly Conduct. Griffin was charged with Affray and Disorderly Conduct. There are additional arrests expected. These arrests are in connection to an aggravated assault investigation by the GBI following an incident in Homerville on the evening of August 8, 2020, where several people were injured, including one woman shot in the face.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

Homerville, GA (August 10, 2020) – On Saturday, August 8, 2020, the GBI’s Douglas Regional Office was requested by the Homerville Police Department to conduct an aggravated assault investigation.

GBI Conducts Missing Person Investigation in Evans County

Evans County, GA (October 6, 2020) - On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, the Evans County Sheriff’s Office requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to assist with a missing person investigation. The missing person was identified as Leon Mayner, age 69, of Claxton, Georgia, who had been missing since July 7, 2020.  The preliminary investigation revealed that Mayner disappeared under suspicious circumstances.

On October 5, 2020, skeletal remains were found in a field across from Lovett Mobile Home Park in Claxton, Georgia.  This was near the location that Mayner was last seen.   Evidence found at the scene indicates that the remains are Leon Mayner.  At this point, the cause of death is unknown.  The remains will be sent to the GBI crime lab for analysis.  Anyone with information is asked to the call the GBI Regional Office in Statesboro at 912-871-1121.

Columbus Man Arrested on Child Sexual Exploitation Charges

Columbus, GA (October 2, 2020) – On Friday, October 2, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s (GBI) Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, assisted by the Columbus Police Department, arrested Edward Sprouse Boyd, 46, of Columbus. He has been charged with six counts of possession of child pornography. Additional charges may be forthcoming. The investigation into Boyd began after multiple tips were received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the possible possession and upload of child pornography by Boyd to a popular online platform.

Joint Task Force Investigates Houston County Missing Person - UPDATE

Warner Robins, GA (September 30, 2020) – The Joint Task Force investigating the disappearance of Jesus Mancilla-Velez is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a camera found by investigators during a search of Mancilla-Velez’s vehicle. A black Q-See brand video camera was located in the vehicle. The camera has lime green or beige paint on the side of the camera, has one red and one yellow connector, and appears to have been unplugged. (See attached photos) If anyone is familiar with this camera or is missing this type camera from their home or business since September 4, 2020, please contact the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-8477 or https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

Warner Robins, Houston County, GA (September 18, 2020) – On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, a joint task force was formed to search for missing person Jesus Mancilla-Velez, age 35.  The task force includes the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, the Peach County Sheriff’s Office, the Byron Police Department and the Fort Valley Police Department. 

On Saturday, September 5, 2020, an abandoned vehicle was found on a dirt road by a landowner in Crawford County, Georgia.  It was later identified as Mancilla-Velez’ vehicle. 

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Elbert County

Bowman, GA (September 30, 2020) – On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at approximately 6:00 a.m., the GBI was requested by the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) to investigate an officer involved shooting.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in DeKalb County

DeKalb County, GA (September 30, 2020) – On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 2:30 p.m., federal deputies with the United States Marshals Service and deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office were located at a residence in the 3800 block of Kensingwood Trace in Decatur to arrest Demarco Riley, 27.  Riley was wanted for murder in connection with the death of Charles Hunt on September 22, 2020, in Decatur. 

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Douglas County

Douglasville, GA (September 29, 2020) - On Monday, September 28, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) to investigate an officer involved shooting.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Mitchell County involving Grady County Sheriff’s Office Deputy

UPDATE: Involved in this OIS were David Kennedy, 42, of Whigham, GA and Grady County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kenneth Weston.

Camilla, GA (September 29, 2020) – On Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at approximately 1:11 a.m., the GBI was requested by the Grady County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred in Mitchell County.

Arrest Made in Bacon County Theft Investigation 

Alma, GA (September 28, 2020) – On Friday, September 25, 2020, the GBI arrested Constance “Connie” Johnson, 54, and charged her with Felony Theft By Taking.

Child Sexual Exploitation Investigation Leads to One Arrest in Whitfield County

Dalton, GA (September 24, 2020) – On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, the GBI arrested Zachary Moore, 20, of Dalton, and charged him with three counts of Possession of Child Pornography, Creation of Child Pornography, Child Molestation, Aggravated Sodomy, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects. Agents and digital forensic investigators with the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit, with the assistance of the Dalton Police Department, executed a search warrant at Moore’s residence in Dalton. An investigation into Moore’s internet activity by the GBI’s CEACC Unit began after a report was received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) related to the possession of child pornography by Moore via the internet.