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Valdosta man in jail for killing elderly father

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –A Valdosta man is in jail Tuesday night charged with killing his elderly father.

A body found last week in Lowndes County has been identified as a 93-year old man reported missing a few weeks ago.  He lived with his son.

Investigators say evidence in their home shows the son killed his father.

60-year old Izeal Donaldson was arrested at 10 Tuesday morning for the murder of his 93-year-old father J.B. Donaldson.  The two lived in the same home off East Brookwood Drive.

"The detectives secured a murder warrant, a warrant for malice murder for Izeal Donaldson," said Valdosta Police Captain Bobbi McGraw. "They went to his residence where they picked him up without any problems and brought him here to the Valdosta Police Department for questioning."

Police say they're waiting on the final autopsy report and additional information from the suspect to determine how Donaldson was killed.

"The possibility exists that he did incur some type of trauma or some type of wounds at this home," said Capt. McGraw. "Whether his death occurred at the home, I'm not able to determine that."

Police say the coroner received the preliminary autopsy report yesterday from the GBI. The report revealed that the body found along the wood line of Clyattville-Nankin Road was that of J.B. Donaldson.

Donaldson's body was spotted by a motorist traveling towards Brooks County on December 21. Donaldson was reported missing by his nephew on December 10. J.C. Johnson is a neighbor and relative of the Donaldson's.

"I can't see him taking a body away from the home on a bicycle because he doesn't drive," said Johnson.

Police won't say yet whether Izeal had medical problems but they say J.B. seemed to be in good health for his age. Johnson says the elder Donaldson still drove and ran his own errands.

"He gets up around about 11 or 12 o'clock and eases down the road and later in the afternoon eases back home," he said.

Investigators won't say much about what they found in the home, but they say it showed that foul play was involved.

Investigators expect to file more charges. Donaldson is still being questioned by detectives.

He's been transferred to the Lowndes County Jail prior to his arraignment.

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