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GBI searches for mass murderer

November 8, 2004

Colquitt County- Colquitt County EMS removed the first of five bodies around 8:30 p.m. Monday from a home on Georgia Highway 37, now the crime scene of a mass murder.

Three women and a man were shot.

"Well, again, without going into a whole lot of detail about the crime scene right now, because that's going to be important to us in the future, I will advise you that some of the victims were tied up," said Ronnie Thompson, an investigator with the GBI.

Investigators wouldn't say how Juan Resendez, 3, was killed, but said only that he was found in a bedroom. Two of the victims are the parents of the 3-year-old boy.

Earlier in the day, investigators believed 3-year-old Juan was abducted. A few hours later, he was found in a bedroom where it was discovered that he, too, was murdered.

Two of the victims are believed to be the parents of Juan. The woman is also the mother of the four children who came home from school around 3:30 p.m. Monday to discover the terrible scene.

Investigators said they believe the killer or killers know the victims, but won't say how. They also won't say if they have any information on who committed the murders.

"Right now, we're running down leads. We're not sure whether they're still in the area or not, or possibly have already fled the state. We don't know," he said.

The victims' names haven't been released because all the family hasn't been notified. Three of the victims are Hispanic, which could mean their families live out of the country, so it may take longer to notify some of those people.

Investigators won't say if the victims were shot multiple times or where they were shot. They say they'll release those details after medical examiners perform autopsies.

It was a gruesome crime that may be the worst scene in South Georgia since the Alday murders.

"Well, certainly anything as far as someone losing their life is bad. The scene here is worse than most that we work," Thompson admitted.

It is a scene they will keep working until the mystery of the five murders is solved.

posted at 2:02 a.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com

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