7613 Eastman Highway
Two teenagers have been charged with beating an 88-year-old Treutlen County woman to death in her home, the GBI says.
Officers overnight arrested 18-year-old Jordan Nobles and a 15-year-old with murder, according to Greg Harvey, special agent in charge of the GBI's Eastman office.
He said they may face additional charges. Yesterday, Harvey said the case was an apparent home invasion and robbery that became a homicide.
No other details were available on the arrests this morning.
A caretaker found Alice Eleanor Williams dead just after 9 a.m. Thursday, according to Harvey.
The Treutlen County Sheriff's Office, Soperton police and GBI investigators were all called to her home at 7613 Eastman Highway.
Harvey said Williams lived alone and was last seen by family members around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
He said she was severely beaten and bludgeoned.
Sheriff Thomas Corbin says the door was kicked and the house appeared to be rummaged.
Corbin says the last time the county had a murder was back in 1996.
Neighbors say they usually live in a peaceful county and they can't believe a member of their community was taken in such a harsh way.
"You don't never hear it around here, and when you do it shocks, it really shocks," said Ray Hinson who lives around the corner from Williams.
Others in the county had questions like why and how it could have happened in their town.
"I just started wondering who could have done it, because she couldn't have defend herself," said Charlie Hall, another neighbor.
Corbin says a tip helped them solve the case.
"It was a breaking point in the case, we had been following leads all day, that were actually just coming to a dead end and when this person came forward it led to some very good information," he said.
According to Corbin, Nobles and the 15-year-old had burglarized a home a few blocks from Williams on Highway 29 before the murder.
"We were just lucky and thank God that we were able to close this out and give people a little peace of mind so they can go to bed at night," said Corbin.
Anyone with information on the case can call the GBI at (478) 374-6988, the Treutlen sheriff at 912-529-3222, or Soperton police at (912) 529-4221.