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February 3, 2014

Harrisburg man murdered

MILLEDGEVILLE — A 25-year-old Harrisburg man was shot twice Sunday night and later died from his injuries.

Capt. Brad King of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office said Walter French of 105 Harrisburg Road succumbed to gunshot wounds to the neck and abdomen shortly after 3 a.m. Monday at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Deputies responded to Litenham Trailer Park around 9 p.m. Sunday. 

King said investigators have collected some evidence but don’t have any concrete leads.

“We don’t have a clear suspect or motive at this point,” he said Monday afternoon. “We are kind of in a ‘who done it’ phase right now.”

Nearby residents did tell deputies they heard gunshots prior to the discovery of French’s body.

King said the body is en route to Atlanta for a crime lab autopsy.

Results of the autopsy are expected by Thursday at the latest.

This makes the second unsolved murder on the county sheriff’s plate in recent months.

A 33-year-old Hispanic male was murdered at his front door the night of Dec. 27, 2013. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. at 108 Selma Drive.

Francisco Lopez Castillo died from a single shotgun blast to the chest. 

The preliminary investigation shows the late December murder appeared to be domestic related.

The BCSO currently has no complete description of the suspect, and detectives are exhausting every lead to find the offender.

“We haven’t recovered from the last one yet, because we are still working and trying to solve it,” King said.

Anyone with information regarding either case can call BCSO’s anonymous tip line at 478-445-5102.

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