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Person of interest nabbed in Crisp death investigation

Bennie Johnson III (Source: Crisp County Sheriff's Office) Bennie Johnson III (Source: Crisp County Sheriff's Office)
The body of an elderly man was found inside the Sunrise Inn motel on Highway 41 in Cordele. (Source: WALB) The body of an elderly man was found inside the Sunrise Inn motel on Highway 41 in Cordele. (Source: WALB)
"(Johnson) did have an outstanding probation warrant on him," said Col. Denise Youngblood with the Crisp County Sheriff's Office. (Source: WALB) "(Johnson) did have an outstanding probation warrant on him," said Col. Denise Youngblood with the Crisp County Sheriff's Office. (Source: WALB)
CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

A man wanted for questioning in a Crisp County death investigation is now in custody.

Bennie James Johnson III was arrested Tuesday night by Crisp & Bibb county deputies and a fugitive squad in Macon.

Investigators issued a lookout for Johnson Tuesday after the body of an elderly man was found inside the Sunrise Inn motel on Highway 41 in Cordele.

"(Johnson) did have an outstanding probation warrant on him, and once we discovered that, obviously when we went looking for him to interview him because he had lived there too, then we served the probation warrant on him," said Col. Denise Youngblood with the Crisp County Sheriff's Office.

Johnson has a criminal history with police for crimes like burglary and forgery. He was featured in a 2013 segment of WALB's Most Wanted, and was caught at that time, and sentenced to prison.

He has served prison time off and on since 2008. He was released in March of 2015.

Crisp County Sheriff's Investigators have questioned Johnson.

He's being held in the Crisp County Detention Center on a probation violation. At this time, Johnson is not charged in connection with the death.

The GBI will conduct an autopsy on the unidentified elderly man later this week. It's not clear how the man died. The sheriff's office does not know if foul play is involved.

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