Update: Despite massive manhunt and $5,000 reward, murder suspect remains at large

Update – April 19, 2018 at 9 p.m.

Despite an exhaustive search and hundreds of man hours of searching, Jerome Ray Mobley, 39, remains at large. Mobley is wanted in connection with the alleged murder of his estranged wife’s early Wednesday morning, April 18, 2018. Both Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office have offered a reward of $2,500 each for information on the whereabouts of Mobley.

In an update on the WCSO Facebook page on Thursday evening, Sheriff Joe Chapman wrote that over the last two days and nights, WCSO along with hundreds of officers, both local and state, deputies from Walton, Barrow, Gwinnett and Morgan County Sheriff’s offices along with Georgia State Patrol, Departent of Natural Resources and Georgia Bureau of Investigation have searched the Knox Chapel Road area at the county line near the Hard Labor Creek State Park both in Morgan County and Walton County without finding the suspect.

“As of this evening, Jerome Mobley has not been located. Yesterday morning, the truck that he was driving was found behind the cemetery on Knox Chapel Road. We have used people, dogs, four wheelers, helicopters and quite a bit of other technology in our attempts to locate him,” Chapman wrote. “We will continue to search for Mobley until he is found and answers these charges.”

 Chapman said the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitives Task Force has been asked to join in the investigation because of the probability that Mobley could have fled the area or even the state.

“We have no leads as to his whereabouts and, as we did yesterday, we are again asking for your help,” Chapman wrote. “Anyone who has credible information can contact us and remain anonymous. We will not stop until he is caught.”

Chapman went on to thank the other law enforcement agencies and the public for their overwhelming support.

The incident began at about 6:45 am. on Wednesday morning with a call from the victim’s home on Knox Chapel Road in the Social Circle area of Walton County where the body of Mobley’s estranged wife was located. She is reported to have been shot. Mobley’s truck was found abandoned about a mile and a half away in Morgan County, kicking off the manhunt. Chapman said it was possible that Mobley himself was wounded. 

Warrants have been issued for Mobley on charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and two counts of cruelty to child in 1st degree. Mobley had been ordered to stay away from his wife and children in January after he was charged with cruelty to children, reckless conduct and making terroristic threats. According to Alcovy Circuit Court records, a motion was filed on April 2 to revoke his bond.

Update – April 19, 2018, at 5:p.m.

Despite a massive manhunt since early Wednesday morning, there is still no sign of missing murder suspect Jerome Ray Mobley. Authorities in Walton County and Morgan County have each offered a reward of $2,500 for information on the whereabouts of Mobley, raising the total reward being offered to $5,000.

Update – April 19, 2018

The murder suspect was still at large late Thursday morning. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $2,500 reward for information on the whereabouts of Jerome Ray Mobley. These photos from WCSO are more updated photos of the suspect.


As darkness set in on Wednesday evening, Walton County Sheriff’s Office reported that it is fighting the darkness, but continues to do whatever it can to find the suspect in the alleged Wednesday morning murder of a woman in the Social Circle area of Walton County. There are, however, more than 1000 people working to try and locate him. Again, people are warned to contact 911 if there is any indication that he is in the area. His truck has been located and he is presumed to be on foot. He is considered armed and dangerous.


Just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman said the suspect in the alleged homicide on Tuesday, Jerome Ray Mobley, had still not been located. He was believed to be on foot at that time. The public is still being asked to keep a lookout and, in the event that he is seen, to immediately notify 911. He is believed to be armed and dangerous and the public is warned not to try and approach him. Morgan County authorities are also searching for him and WCSO says it is possible that he was wounded during this morning’s incident.

“It is possible. We don’t know,” said WCSO Chief Deputy Keith Brooks.


Walton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect in the homicide in the Social Circle Area of Walton County Tuesday morning.

Wanted: Jerome Ray Mobley
Warrants: Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault and 2 counts of Cruelty to Child in 1st Degree
Armed and Dangerous
Do not approach – notify 911

Initial Story

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the morning of Wednesday, April 18, 2018, that investigators are currently working a potential homicide in the Social Circle area of Walton County.

Details to follow.

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