Steven Rhodes and Melissa Meeks Rhodes

Bodies of couple reported missing on New Year’s Eve found inside burned truck: Police

Authorities ended the search for a missing Georgia couple after they found two bodies inside a truck on Wednesday morning.

Atlanta’s Channel 2 Action News reports that police located the bodies of who they believe are Steven Rhodes and his wife, Melissa Meeks Rhodes. Authorities discovered the bodies inside Steven’s burned black Ford truck, in a remote area across the Taliaferro County line. Police also found spent shells and a shotgun at the scene.

Melissa’s daughter reported her mother missing on New Year’s Eve when she failed to hear from her, prompting a search that led to scene. Melissa was last heard from at around 11 p.m. on Monday night.

“When she [the daughter] arrived home she observed some things that raised her suspicions about something being not quite right,” Greene County Sheriff Donnie Harrison  said. “We do know something took place that rose some red flags for the family and for us.”

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Taliaferro Sheriff Marc Richards indicated the deaths appeared to be a murder-suicide. Police sent the bodies to the GBI Crime Lab to determine the exact cause of death and to make official identifications. Richards said no further information on the bodies can be given at this time.

Anyone with information should contact the GBI at 706-595-2575 or the Taliaferro County Sheriff’s Office at 706-456-2345.

The story is developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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[Feature Photo: Steven Rhodes and Melissa Meeks Rhodes/Handout]