GBI makes arrest in discovery of human remains found in scrap yard

    Percy Hodges (CCSO)

    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has made an arrest in connection to their discovery of human remains at a local scrap yard, according to a release.

    The GBI says the remains found on Dec. 28, 2018 originated from the property of Hodges Funeral Home in Metter. They were found when the Candler County Sheriff's Office requested their assistance to investigate the bodies found at Scrap Partners Recycling.

    Agents say a funeral home hired some people to tear down a shed behind their main building. During the demolition, they found two metal containers and one casket.

    Investigators say those items were taken to the recycling center to be sold, but as they were being unloaded, one of the containers came open and a skull and rib bones were found inside.

    GBI investigators say they found three sets of remains in the three containers. They say one of the owners of the funeral home admits to putting the bodies in the shed between the late 1980's and early 1990's.

    Percy Hodges, 70, was charged for throwing away or abandonment of dead bodies. He was released to the custody of CCSO investigators say.

    On the same date, the GBI and CCSO executed a search warrant of the funeral home to gather evidence to further the investigation as well as to positively identify the three sets of remains that were found. Investigators say they believe the individuals have been dead for over 25 years.

    The names of the deceased given to the GBI are Theresa McClarin, Leroy Dixon, and Mamie Fredricks, according to the release.

    If anyone has any information regarding the aforementioned names, they are encouraged to contact the GBI Statesboro Office at 912-871-1121.

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