Home invaders sought in Crisp County

Home invaders sought in Crisp County
The GBI's Terry Howard
The GBI's Terry Howard

CORDELE, GA (WALB) - Authorities in Crisp County are still asking for the community's help in solving a deadly home invasion that happened this weekend.

The sheriff's office and GBI have not been able to identify the two masked men that stormed in Geoffrey Jones' home early Sunday morning, killing the 40-year-old man.

Investigators are still working, taking phone calls and piecing together evidence in this murder. They say the biggest help right now comes in the form of tips from other residents.

Representatives from the DA's office, sheriff's office and GBI are busy working, piecing together a crime scene that left a man dead.

Sheriff Billy Hancock says two masked men showed up at Geoffrey Jones' home on Old Penia Road around 1:30, and planned to rob him.

The sheriff the three knew each before the shooting. When Jones arrived, the three men got in an argument. The masked men shot at Jones.

Jones's girlfriend and friend were home and possibly witnessed the shooting. Investigators have not been able to narrow down any leads so far.
"We're still doing interviews and following leads on those phone calls that we are receiving, but we are still seeking the community's help," said GBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Terry Howard.

Investigators say information gathered in the first few days after the crime is vital. "When we get that information, it's very important to the investigation. We can go ahead and follow up on that information immediately," said Howard.

The home at 3994 Old Penia Road is secluded in a largely farming community. Agents are also processing another scene several miles away where the suspects ditched a car they stole from the home.

"It's a rural area and not a whole lot of neighbor's that are close by. So that's why we're still seeking any information from the community," said Howard.

While investigators maintain that this was a targeted crime, they remind citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior to 911. So far, robbery appears to be the motive in the homicide.

Officials say neither of the other two people who were home were injured.

This all happened just a few miles west of the sheriff's office.

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