GBI's Staples Appointed Chairman of a National Forensic Committee

DECATUR – Ted Staples, supervisor of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Forensic Biology section, was recently appointed by the FBI as chairman of the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods.

Federal, State and Local Authorities to Search Northeast Georgia for Body of John Bryant

CLEVELAND - On Thursday and Friday of this week, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will be assisting local, state, and federal authorities from Georgia and North Carolina with searches in Northeast Georgia in an effort to locate the body of North Carolina hiker John Bryant.   The area in Georgi

Gary Hilton's Former Vehicle Found

CLEVELAND – This afternoon, agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland office located the 1996 white Chevrolet Astro van which had belonged to Gary Michael Hilton.  As a result of recent media reports, agents received a tip from a man who had seen a flat-bed tow truck remove the

Public's Help Sought in Locating Gary Hilton's Former Vehicle

CLEVELAND - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is asking for help in locating a 1996 white Chevrolet Astro van bearing Georgia tag 766XPZ which had belonged to Gary Michael Hilton.  This van was last seen approximately one month ago in an area in White County called Tray Mountain by a hunter at

Autopsy Completed on Meredith Emerson

DECATUR – Dr. Kris Sperry, Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Georgia, has determined that Meredith Emerson died from blunt force trauma to the head.    Dr. Sperry indicated that after Ms. Emerson received the lethal injuries, she was decapitated. 

Former Director of the McDonough Tourism Board Arrested

DECATUR – As a result of a GBI investigation requested by the McDonough Police Department, the former director of the McDonough Hospitality and Tourism Board has been charged with Theft by Taking.

The National Crime Information Center Identify Theft File

By Vernon M. Keenan, Director, and Marsha O’Neal, Criminal Justice Information System Operations Manager, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Decatur, Georgia

Blairsville Bank Robbery Arrest

BLAIRSVILLE - On Tuesday, December 11, 2007, an individual entered the Appalachian Community Bank in Blairsville, Georgia and presented a note to the teller demanding money.  The individual was provided an undisclosed amount of money and left the bank.  His vehicle was spotted headed north on Hig

Former Pierce County Deputy Clerk Arrested for Theft

BLACKSHEAR- On November 7, 2007, former Pierce County Deputy Clerk of Court Kelley Byrd, 25, of Pierce County was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Blackshear, Ga.

Meriwether County Arrest for 1979 Rape

Arrest Made in 1979 Meriwether County Rape