UPDATE: 2 of 3 missing from Dodge Co. found dead; Man, 20, arrested


    Courtesy Berrien Co. Sheriff's Office

    UPDATE 12:50 P.M.

    NASHVILLE, Ga. (WGXA) — The GBI says a 20-year-old man is arrested for the disappearance of three people from Dodge County on Tuesday -- and eventual death of two of them.

    "The two deceased are not yet positively identified," the GBI says after finding two of the bodies Thursday morning. "The third person is still missing."

    Jonathan Douglas Vann, 20, of Nashville, Ga., is in custody Thursday for the incident.

    The remains of the bodies found are being sent to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Macon for autopsy and identification.

    Deputies say Ronnie Wayne Hackle Jr., 27, Bobbie Lynn Moore, 22, and Mercedes Maelyn Hackle, 17, went missing after a a car fire in Berrien County on Tuesday.

    This is a developing story. Check back here for more updates.

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    ORIGINAL STORY 10 a.m.

    NASHVILLE, Ga. — Authorities say three Georgia people are missing after a car fire in Berrien County on Tuesday.

    Deputies say the three are identified as Ronnie Wayne Hackle Jr., 27, Bobbie Lynn Moore, 22, and Mercedes Maelyn Hackle, 17.

    According to the GBI, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office was called around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday to a vehicle fire in the area off Highway 135 at the Alapaha River. An investigation showed the three people were not responding to attempts to make contact.

    The Dodge County Sheriff's Office says the mother of Ronnie and Mercedes Hackle lives in Dodge County.

    Ronnie, reportedly, has a rental home in Dodge Co. on a dirt road between Milan and Chauncey, deputies add. Sheriff Lynn Sheffield believes Ronnie lives in the rental home with his girlfriend Bobbie Lynn Moore.

    Sheffield believes the three victims left Dodge County Saturday evening. They are trying to determine if anyone was with them when they left for Berrien County.

    Bobbie's mother lives in Berrien County, deputies say.

    The car was recovered near the Willacoochee River.

    The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office at (229) 686-7071 or the GBI Douglas Office at (912) 389-4103.

    This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.

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