EATONTON — Law enforcement officials have arrested a suspect in the murder of an Eatonton woman who was discovered dead in her home earlier this month.
Don Causey, 26, was arrested in Eatonton Tuesday and charged with one count of murder in the death of Eatonton resident Lydia Ivanditti, according to a press release issued by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Milledgeville office.
Causey is an acquaintance of Ivanditti’s and originally from Memphis, Tenn., but has been living in Eatonton on and off for several years, according to the release.
Ivanditti, 63, was found dead inside her West Walnut Street home on Friday, Dec. 2. Her body was discovered by a family member who had gone to check on her out of concern for her well-being.
The Eatonton Police Department secured the scene pending the arrival of the GBI and the Putnam County Coroner’s Office on the day her body was discovered. The scene was processed by the GBI well into the morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 3, along with interviews and investigative acts that were conducted.
Ivanditti’s body was transported to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Atlanta, where an autopsy was performed after which the death was ruled a homicide resulting from strangulation and drowning.
The investigation into Ivanditti’s death has been a combined effort of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Eatonton Police Department, Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Community Supervision, Georgia Department of Corrections Criminal Investigations, Georgia State Patrol, Winder Police Department, United States Secret Service, Texas Rangers, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, and Hellam Township Police (York, Pa).
The investigation remains active and ongoing and no further information is available for release at this time, according to the GBI.
Anyone with additional information related to the case is asked to call the Eatonton Police Department at 706-485-3551 or the GBI Milledgeville Office at 478-445-4173.