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DEVEREUX, Ga. — A dismembered body has been discovered in the yard of a residence in the Devereux community of Hancock County, The Union-Recorder has learned.

Mary Chandler, special agent in-charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 6 Office in Milledgeville, confirmed during a telephone interview with the newspaper Saturday morning that a body was discovered outside a house in Devereux.

Shortly after 11:30 a.m., a source tipped the newspaper that a possible suspect was taken into custody in connection with the case.

The source said authorities had issued a lookout for a yellow Jeep that might possibly be tied to the case. A vehicle fitting that description reportedly was stopped in Aiken County, S.C. Saturday morning and the person driving it detained.

Although the source provided a name, the GBI has not yet confirmed such information.

GBI Special Agent Brian Hargrove said a lot of things remain “fluid” in the investigation.

“We are pursuing an active lead in this murder case right now,” Hargrove said. “As soon as we know more, we’ll call.”

Chandler said someone called the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center shortly before 7 p.m. Friday to report that it was believed that a body had been found.

The dismembered body was found outside a brick house on Main Street in Devereux, Chandler said.

When deputies with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the residence, they confirmed it was a body, Chandler said.

“The body was very decomposed, so we’re going to send the body to the crime laboratory and try to determine the identity of this person,” Chandler said. “We’d like to try and determine an identification quickly.”

Chandler said the GBI received a request from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office about 7:30 p.m. Friday to assist them with the murder investigation.

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