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The GBI has arrested and charged Keara Cotton with Murder, Concealing the Death of Another, and Cruelty to Children 2nd Degree. Additionally, investigators obtained information that led to the discovery of human remains in Cordele, Crisp County near E. Sixteenth Avenue. Agents will send the remains to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office for identification.
This investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the GBI. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.
Vienna, GA (January 24, 2021) - The GBI is conducting a missing child investigation in Vienna, GA. On Saturday, January 22, 2022, at about 12:30 p.m., the Vienna Police Department asked for investigative assistance in order to locate 4 year old Jayceion Mathis. Jayceion was reported missing by family members that state that they have not seen him in several months. Jayceion lived with his mother, Keara Cotton, age 27, in Vienna. Since the complaint was filed on January 20, 2022, authorities have not been able to find Keara.
Polk County, GA (January 25, 2022) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Polk County, GA. The Aragon Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Derek Rock, age 30, of Aragon, GA, has died. No officers were injured.
Preliminary information indicates that at about 6:00 p.m., an Aragon Police Department officer responded to 12 Walnut Street, Aragon, GA on a call of a person threatening suicide. Derek Rock was at the door with a gun to his head and threatening to shoot himself. The officer gave verbal commands to Rock for him to drop the weapon. Rock pointed the weapon at the officer and the officer fired multiple times at Rock, hitting Rock. The officer began to administer aid to Rock. Rock died at the scene.
The GBI investigation is active and ongoing. Once the investigation is done, the casefile will be given to the Polk County District Attorney’s Office for review.
Newnan, GA (January 24, 2022) – The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in Newnan, GA. The Newnan Police Department asked the GBI to conduct an independent investigation on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Sean Michael Kinney, 37, of Cumming, GA, has died. No officers were injured.
Preliminary information indicates that at 5:22 p.m., a neighbor called 911 about a domestic incident that occurred at 25 Second Avenue, Newnan, GA. At 5:27 p.m., the first officers arrived on scene. When officers were unable to contact someone at the door, the officers queried the license plate of a car parked in the driveway and identified the victim of the domestic. Officers called the woman but there was no answer. The Newnan Police Department SWAT team and hostage negotiators were activated, a perimeter was secured around the residence, and numerous attempts were made to talk with the individuals with no success.
Shortly before 7:00 p.m., the SWAT team approached the front door of the home. While stacked at the front door, a Newnan police officer saw Kinney through a window of the residence with a knife in his hand. The officer then saw a door open behind Kinney with the woman sitting on the ground. Kinney turned and started walking toward the woman with the knife in his hand, and the officer fired numerous times through the window killing Kinney. The woman was found safe.
Cairo, GA (January 24, 2022) – On Friday, January 21, 2022, the GBI Southwestern Regional Drug Enforcement Office and Grady County Sheriff’s Office arrested Alton Jermain Byrden, age 47, and Wendy Rena Byrden, age 51, for trafficking methamphetamine, five counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and one count theft by receiving stolen property. Justin Adam Williamson, age 33, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.
Covington, GA (January 21, 2022) – On Thursday, January 20, 2022, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit, with the assistance of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, the GBI Atlanta Regional Office, and the GBI West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office, executed two residential search warrants related to separate investigations pertaining to the Sexual Exploitation of Children. The investigations began after the GBI CEACC Unit received numerous independent and unrelated cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Those cybertips involved the possession and/or distribution of explicit child sexual abuse material, commonly referred to as child pornography, which resolved to Newton County, GA.
Claxton, GA (January 16, 2021) - The GBI is investigating a shooting incident that happened on Saturday, January 15, 2022. At about 10:30 p.m., the Evans County Sheriff's Office asked the GBI to assist with the incident that occurred at a house party at 2790 Caddie Green Road, Claxton, GA. When law enforcement arrived, they found that Eric Brown, Jr., age 18, of Glennville, GA, had been shot and died at the scene. Brown was taken to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy.
Arcade, GA (January 14, 2022) – On Friday, January 14, 2022, the GBI arrested Sugey Castro-Solis, age 24, of Barrow County, for Felony Murder related to the death of a 23 month old child in Arcade, GA.
On Monday, January 11, 2021, Arcade Police responded to a 911 call in reference to an unresponsive child and asked the GBI for assistance in the investigation. The child was transported to the hospital and later died. Castro-Solis was the caretaker of the child at the time 911 was called.
(January 12, 2022) – Joshua Magual Sanders, age 27, of Birmingham, AL, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Flagstaff, AZ today on charges relating to the shooting deaths of Latorey Harden and Pamela Harden. Sanders was arrested on outstanding warrants for Aggravated Assault (two counts), Felony Murder (two counts), Possession of a Firearm During Certain Crimes (two counts), and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (one count). He will be extradited to Georgia. Pamela Harden’s 2021 Nissan Rogue was taken from the scene of the shooting and recovered in Birmingham, AL on Sunday, January 9, 2022.
Vidalia, GA (January 7, 2022) – The second victim, Pamela Harden, of Vidalia has died. The GBI investigation is active and ongoing.
Vidalia, GA (January 6, 2022) – On Thursday, January 6, 2022, at 12:55 p.m., Vidalia Police Department officers were dispatched to a domestic dispute at 802 E. 5th Street, Vidalia, Toombs County, GA. Before officers arrived, a second 911 call was received regarding a shooting at the same address. When officers arrived, they found two shooting victims, identified as Latorey Denise Harden, age 24, and Pamela Harden, age 42, both of Vidalia. Latorey Harden was deceased and Pamela Harden was transported to Memorial Health in Savannah in critical condition. Pamela Harden is Latorey Harden’s mother. The shooter has not been positively identified, but was seen leaving the scene in a blue 2021 Nissan Rogue with a busted window, Georgia license plate RRX1184.
Loganville, GA (January 12, 2022) – The GBI has been requested to assist the Walton County Sheriff’s Office with a shooting death investigation. One woman has died and one man has been arrested.
Snellville, GA (January 9, 2021) – On Friday, January 7, 2022, the Snellville Police Department asked the GBI to investigate a homicide which left one man dead and another man injured. After receiving multiple 911 calls, officers responded to 2900 Summit View Court, Snellville, where a male victim was found on the front porch of the residence. It was determined that the victim had been shot and died on scene. Another shooting victim was located inside the residence. This victim had also been shot and was taken to a local area hospital where he remains in critical condition. The identity of the deceased victim is pending notification of next of kin.