The Union Recorder

December 5, 2012

Cumming man found murdered in Hancock County

Felicia Cummings
The Union-Recorder

SPARTA —  

A 60-year-old Cumming man was found murdered Sunday night in his deer processing business in Hancock County, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).  The body of Nelson Garner was found by a relative around 9:30 p.m. at Garner's Grinder located at Highway 16 in Hancock County.  

Garner who operated and stayed at the business during hunting season, but was a resident of Cumming, was last seen alive at 4 p.m. Sunday. Garner's wife made an attempt to reach him, but was unsuccessful. 

"When Garner's wife was unable to reach her husband, she became concerned and contacted the brother. The brother went over to Sparta and found his body about 9:30 p.m. inside the business." said John Bankhead, director of public affairs for the GBI.

Agents from the GBI's Milledgeville Office are assisting in the investigation at the request of Hancock County Sheriff Tomlyn Primus. The case is being investigated as a homicide. 

An autopsy was conducted Monday at the GBI Medical Examiner's Office. The cause of death is being withheld at this point due to the ongoing investigation. 

"Authorities have been working around the clock since the murder." Bankhead said. 

They have also been canvassing the area near the crime scene in Hancock and a road check was conducted Monday night. 

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Hancock Sheriff's Office at (706) 444-6471 or the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).

 

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