Tina Prince

SANDERSVILLE, Ga. — Local and state authorities have now determined that the body of a woman discovered off a dirt road in rural Washington County earlier this month was that of missing first grade teacher Tina Prince.

But what authorities still don’t know is how Prince met her death.

It may be several months before toxicology tests are completed and the results known to those involved in the disappearance and death of the 46-year-old Prince. She had taught first grade at Ridge Road Primary School in Sandersville for several years, according to sources close to the investigation.

A 31-year-old Washington County man, identified as Aaron Matthew Adams, reportedly was the last person to see Prince alive, according to authorities.

Adams has been arrested and charged with felony concealment of a death and two felony counts of giving false information to law enforcement authorities.

Prince’s body was discovered on Friday, June 4, along Pleasant Grove Road, according to Washington County Sheriff Joel Cochran.

The beloved teacher, mother and grandmother had been the subject of an intensified search by authorities scouring areas of the county on the ground, as well as by helicopter since she left from having dinner with one of her daughters at a downtown restaurant in Sandersville the Friday before authorities announced at a press conference that her body had been found.

An autopsy was performed at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory in Decatur on June 9, Cochran said last Friday on the sheriff’s office Facebook page. 

During the autopsy, a positive identification was made.

“The official autopsy report is not complete,” Cochran said. “The investigation continues to be very active and ongoing.”

Cochran said there was nothing further to be released regarding the investigation at this time.

“When there is an update, we will release more information,” Cochran said.

In the meantime, the sheriff reiterated as he has publicly said before that the Washington County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the public’s patience and consideration in what he described as “a very sensitive investigation.”

“Please continue to keep the Prince family, the Washington County School District, and our entire community lifted in prayer in the days, weeks and months ahead,” Cochran said.

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