Divers search river for evidence in Walton County double murder

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Divers from the joint Walton County Dive Team searched a spot in the Alcovy River at the bridge in Jersey Thursday for evidence connected to a double homicide that took place just outside the city of Social Circle last month. Two men were shot dead after traveling from Meriwether County to sell a dirt bike they had advertised on social media. The deaths were discovered when local law enforcement responded to the subsequent wreck on Clegg Farm Road in Walton County on May 22, 2017. A 16-year-old from Social Circle has been arrested in connection with this crime and charged with two counts each of murder and aggravated assault. The investigation, however, is ongoing and officials say that the possibility remains of more arrests.

Walton County Dive Team searched for evidence in a double homicide in Walton County. Photo Credit: Walton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page

WCSO Chief Deputy Keith Brooks declined to say exactly what it was divers were searching for or if there was a specific reason that particular location was chosen, saying only that it was a location close to the crime scene and that it was a continuation of the investigation to ensure that “no stone is left unturned,” in closing this case. He said that nothing was found during the dive.

“For now we have one person in custody, but this is still an active investigation,” Brooks said. “The dive team was just following up on leads. It was a joint effort with the Walton County Dive Team, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Sheriff’s Office.”

Motorcycle that was the object of a sale that resulted in the death of two Meriwether County residents. Photo courtesy of WCSO.

A reward is being offered by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone else involved in the case. If you have information you are asked to call WCSO at 770-267-6557 or online at waltonsheriff.com. Pictured below is the motorcycle in question. If anybody saw someone riding this motorcycle on May 22 or 23, they are asked to contact the Sheriff’s office.

 

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