DEVEREUX, Ga. — A 33-year-old man who formerly lived in Baldwin County was charged with malice murder over the weekend following the discovery of a dismembered body in a plastic bag outside a residence in the Devereux community of Hancock County on Friday night, authorities say.
The suspect was identified as Christopher Collin Demmon, according to a press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).
Special agents obtained an arrest warrant for Demmon on a charge of malice murder Saturday afternoon.
The murder charge is in connection with the death of a person found by deputies with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office shortly after they arrived at a brick home on Main Street in the Devereux community.
Devereux is located about five miles southwest of the Hancock County seat of Sparta.
Mary Chandler, special agent in-charge of the GBI Region 6 Office in Milledgeville, told The Union-Recorder in a telephone interview Saturday that someone called the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center to report that they believed a deceased person had been found.
Chandler said shortly after 7 p.m., deputies confirmed that an individual was deceased outside a brick house on Main Street.
Chandler said the body, which had been dismembered, was “very badly decomposed.”
Human remains reportedly were discovered wrapped in plastic outside the house.
Authorities have not yet established positive identification of the deceased person.
Chandler said Saturday that the human remains would be sent to a GBI crime laboratory for an autopsy to determine positive identification, as well as the cause and manner of death.
Sheriff Terrell Primus said Monday that he had initially requested assistance from the GBI, but had now turned the investigation completely over to the GBI.
GBI Special Agent Brian Hargrove, who serves as assistant agent in-charge of the local GBI office, said Monday morning that the GBI would not answer any more questions related to the case.
The murder suspect, meanwhile, is being held in the Aiken County Detention Center in Aiken County, South Carolina.
Primus said he could not say whether Demmon would waive extradition from South Carolina or fight extradition. If the suspect doesn’t waive extradition, it could lead to a governor’s warrant being sought in the Palmetto State to force the suspect’s return to the Peach State.
Putnam County Sheriff Howard R. Sills said Demmond was a suspect in a theft case that happened back in February.
Sills said Demmond “was and is” a suspect in a theft from a residence in Putnam County.
Demmond reportedly was working for a company that does water damage repair.
“He was tied to some property that was stolen from that house,” Sills said of Demmond.
Some of that property was later recovered by detectives with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office,” Sills said.
Sills said he talked with Sheriff Primus several times on Saturday morning. The sheriff said he informed Primus that Demmond had been taken into custody while in the possession of a yellow Jeep similar to the one mentioned as being sought in the Hancock murder case.
Sills said he was made aware of what had happened in Hancock County earlier that morning.
“I learned that a body had been dismembered,” Sills said. “Obviously, anytime there is a report of some sort of dismemberment of a body, I get interested.”
Sills is working on an unsolved double-slaying case involving Russell and Shirley Dermond that happened several years ago at Great Waters, located at Reynolds of Lake Oconee in Putnam County. In that case, Russell Dermond was beheaded.
Sills said he later learned the name of the possible victim in the murder case in Hancock County and shared such information with Primus.
The sheriff said he later had deputies check various addresses in Putnam County where the possible murdered victim had lived.
Sills said he talked with Eatonton Acting Chief Howell Cardwell because he had worked an aggravated assault case that involved the possible murdered victim in Hancock County.
“I reached out to him to see if he knew any other potential addresses,” Sills said.
The sheriff said Cardwell got in touch with him and told him that Demmond had been arrested and was in custody in Aiken County, S.C.
Repeated attempts by the newspaper to reach Cardwell by telephone Monday were unsuccessful.
A deputy with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office encountered Demmon shortly after 11 p.m. wandering along a Beach Island, S.C. road known as Spain Hammond Road, according to a report that aired on WRDW-TV in North Augusta, S.C. over the weekend.
The deputy reportedly found a vehicle blocking both lanes of the roadway. Demmon, meanwhile, was walking in the roadway.
Before Demmon was taken into custody on assorted charges, he also reportedly gave the deputy numerous aliases.
The vehicle blocking both lanes of the South Carolina roadway turned out to be a yellow Jeep with a temporary Indiana paper tag on it.
During the murder investigation on Friday night in Hancock County, a source told the newspaper that the GBI issued a lookout for a vehicle fitting the same description.
Acting on information received by other means Saturday afternoon, GBI agents confirmed that Demmon was arrested and was being held in the Aiken County Detention Center in Aiken, S.C.
Authorities are still seeking information from anyone who might know something that could be helpful in the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the GBI Region 6 Office in Milledgeville at 478-445-4173 or the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at 706-444-6471.