On April 3, 2021, the GBI was requested by the Savannah Police Department to investigate the in-custody death of William Harvey, age 60. 

The investigation indicates that Harvey was being questioned in an aggravated assault investigation.  Officers stepped out of the interview room and returned to find Harvey unconscious with injuries to his neck caused by a pair of Harvey’s shoelaces.  Officers attempted life saving measures; however, Harvey died as a result of his injuries.

The GBI Medical Examiner has provided a preliminary cause & manner of death as suicide by hanging.

The GBI investigation remains active and ongoing.  Once it is complete, it will be provided to the Eastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney for review.

Contact Assistant Special Agent in Charge

Lindsay Smith