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Devereux crime scene

Suspect in Georgia dismemberment death in custody in South Carolina

Georgia authorities believe a 33-year-old man currently in jail in South Carolina is responsible for the death of a person found on the yard a home in a small Hancock County town on Friday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has a warrant for the arrest of Christopher Collin Demmon, who lived at the home where the decomposing body was found “on occasion.” Another person lived there with him, investigators said, but have not said whether the body was that second person.

“Positive identification of the deceased is pending,” the GBI said. “The body was transported to the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur for autopsy.”

As CrimeOnline previously reported, a 911 caller alerted the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office about a “deceased” person in the yard of the home in Devereux shortly before 7 p.m.

A law enforcement source familiar with the investigation told the newspaper that the body had been placed “in plastic bags” and may have been dismembered. GBI special agent in charge Mary Chandler could not confirm that report.

The agent said it wasn’t clear how long the victim had been been dead or how long the body had been in the yard.

The Macon Telegraph said that Demmon was arrested in Aiken County, South Carolina, on Tuesday night, possibly on a disorderly conduct charge. A law enforcement source told the Telegraph on Saturday that investigators may have connected Demmon to the slayihg through a vehicle he was in.

Devereux is a tiny community of about 1,400 people located southeast of Atlanta, roughly halfway between Macon and Augusta.

Officials asked anyone with information to call the GBI’s regional investigative office in Milledgeville at 478-445-4173 or the Hancock County Sheriff’s office at 706-444-6471. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

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[Featured image: Georgia Bureau of Investigation]