Sunday, January 30, Eyewitness News at 6

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LAUREN DISPIRITO
THIS IS A LATE EDITION OF EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT... A CENTERVILLE WOMAN MISSING SINCE THURSDAY HAS BEEN FOUND DEAD IN SOUTH BIBB COUNTY.
BIBB CHIEF DEPUTY DAVID DAVIS SAYS NOW... THEY'RE LOOKING AT HER DEATH... AS A HOMICIDE.
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS A WOMAN IS IN CUSTODY TONIGHT... BEING QUESTIONED IN THE CASE.
BIBB CORONER LEON JONES SAYS 38-YEAR-OLD KIMBERLY MCKENZIE'S BODY WAS DISCOVERED AROUND 1 O'CLOCK TODAY... IN A FIELD NEAR FEAGIN ROAD.
LESS THAN AN HOUR AGO THE CENTERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT BEGAN A NEWS CONFERENCE TO UPDATE THE LATEST ON THE INVESTIGATION.

INVESTIGATORS SAY IT APPEARS MCKENZIE WAS KILLED IN BIBB COUNTY... AND CLUES ABOUT HER DEATH MAY CENTER AROUND WHAT HER SISTER HEARD WEDNESDAY NIGHT... WHILE ON THE PHONE WITH HER.
VANESSA RUFFES HAS MORE ON HOW INVESTIGATORS FOUND MCKENZIE'S BODY... AND WHERE THEY'RE TAKING THE INVESTIGATION NEXT TO SOLVE HER APPARENT MURDER.

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"I COULD HEAR SOMETHING IN THE BACKGROUND SAYING 'GET IN THE BACK SEAT' 'GET IN THE BACK SEAT.'"

FRIDAY LUCIANA MCKENZIE SAID HER LAST PHONE CALL WITH KIMBERLY MCKENZIE WAS LITERALLY CUT OFF WEDNESDAY NIGHT... THAT'S WHEN HER 38-YEAR-OLD SISTER WAS LAST SEEN.

"SHE IMMEDIATELY WAS LIKE 'HEY WHAT'S GOING ON. IT'S NOT THAT SERIOUS. YOU CAN HAVE THE CAR. THEN HER PHONE DROPPED."

MACON POLICE FOUND MCKENZIE'S CAR NEAR EISENHOWER PARKWAY LATER THAT NIGHT...

AND SUNDAY AFTERNOON... BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES DISCOVERED HER BODY IN A FIELD... AN EIGHTH OF A MILE DOWN A DIRT DRIVEWAY OFF FEAGIN ROAD.

DEPUTY DAVID DAVIS "CENTERVILLE AS WELL AS WARNER ROBINS POLICE HAD BEEN WORKING IT AS A MISSING PERSONS CASE SINCE IT HAPPENED."

CHIEF DEPUTY DAVID DAVIS SAYS NOW... THEY'RE LOOKING AT IT AS A HOMICIDE... CORONER LEON JONES SAYS IT APPEARS MCKENZIE DIED FROM A GUNSHOT WOUND.

DAVIS SAYS A SERIES OF TIPS AND LEADS BROUGHT INVESTIGATORS TO THE PRIVATELY-OWNED FIELD NEAR THE BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY LINES... AND HE SAYS THE INFORMATION KEEPS COMING.

"WE'RE CONTINUING TO FOLLOW LEADS IN THIS INCIDENT AND THERE MAY BE SOME MORE ARRESTS AS WE GO FORWARD."

ONE WOMAN WHO LIVES NEAR THE FEAGIN ROAD SITE SAYS SHE KNEW MCKENZIE THROUGH MCKENZIE'S OLD JOB... AND IS KEEPING THE FAMILY IN HER PRAYERS.

"I JUST WENT TO PIECES. IT'S KILLING ME BECAUSE I HAVE DAUGHTERS AND OH, I JUST COULDN'T IMAGINE."

MEANWHILE... INVESTIGATORS SAY THE PIECES ARE SLOWLY COMING TOGETHER FOR A MISSING PERSON'S CASE THAT HAS QUICKLY EVOLVED.
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE HAS A WOMAN IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION WITH THE KILLING.
BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS AN AUTOPSY IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY AT MACON'S G-B-I CRIME LAB.
MCKENZIE'S FAMILY SAYS SHE LEAVES BEHIND A TEENAGE SON.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN MADE.

FORMER BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONER... ENTREPRENEUR AND ACTIVIST ALBERT BILLINGSLEA HAS DIED.

BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS BILLINGSLEA PASSED AWAY OF NATURAL CAUSES THIS MORNING.
BILLINGSLEA GREW UP IN PLEASANT HILL... AND IN 1980... BECAME ONE OF THE COUNTY'S FIRST BLACK COMMISSIONERS.
HE HAD BEEN A LOCAL N-DOUBLE A-C-P CHAPTER PRESIDENT... AND SERVED ON THE MACON WATER AUTHORITY AND THE MACON-BIBB PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION.
BILLINGSLEA STARTED A REAL-ESTATE COMPANY... AND WAS KNOWN TO MANY AS A SUCCESSFUL BUILDER.
LAST YEAR, THE MACON N-DOUBLE A-C-P HONORED HIM AS CO-WINNER OF THEIR TOP AWARD... THE EARL T. SHINHOSTER (SHIN-HOE-STER) FREEDOM FUND AWARD.
COUNTY CHAIRMAN SAM HART SAYS BILLINGSLEA WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR THE WORK HE DID FOR OTHERS.

SAM HART, BIBB COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN: "A GIANT HAS PASSED, A PERSON WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED A GREAT DEAL TO THIS COMMUNITY, BUT AS I THOUGHT ABOUT IT I SAID A JOB WELL DONE AND SO HE WILL BE REMEMBERED AND WILL BE MISSED BUT I THINK PEOPLE APPRECIATE WHAT HE HAS DONE AND WILL REMEMBER IN A VERY POSITIVE WAY THOSE CONTRIBUTIONS HE HAS MADE TO THIS COMMUNITY."

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN SET.
BILLINGSLEA WAS 82.


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THANKS JASON WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU LATER.

A BIBB COUNTY WOMAN DIED THIS MORNING FROM A HEAD INJURY SHE SUFFERED IN A CAR ACCIDENT SATURDAY.

THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THIRTY-EIGHT YEAR OLD MARGARET ANGELA HAVER DIED AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED NEAR THOMASTON AND TUCKER ROADS AROUND TEN O'CLOCK SATURDAY MORNING.
DEPUTIES SAY HAVER WAS DRIVING... WHEN SHE LOST CONTROL OF HER CAR AND HIT A TREE.

NO ONE ELSE WAS HURT IN THE ACCIDENT.
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING WHAT MAY HAVE CAUSED HAVER TO LOSE CONTROL OF HER CAR.

THE OLD CAPRICORN RECORDING STUDIOS BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN MACON HAS A NEW OWNER.
NEW-TOWN MACON PRESIDENT MIKE FORD SAYS FRIDAY... THEY BOUGHT THE PROPERTY FROM ATLANTIC SOUTHERN BANK... FOR ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.
FORD SAYS THEY USED A 300 THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE PEYTON ANDERSON FOUNDATION.
THEY PLAN TO REVIVE OLD RECORDING STUDIOS AND CREATE LOFT APARTMENTS.
HE ALSO HOPES TO ADD A MUSEUM.
FORD SAYS THEY'LL USE REMAINING GRANT MONEY TO FIX UP THE BUILDING... AND FUND-RAISE OVER NEXT TWO TO THREE YEARS.
THE PROJECT IS ESTIMATED TO COST ABOUT 1 POINT 4 MILLION DOLLARS.

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