SLIDELL, LA (WALB) - On Tuesday, a man who became a suspect in the 2016 disappearance and death of a Moultrie woman was arrested, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).
Michael Heads, 49, was arrested in Louisiana for the death of Shada Esther, by the GBI, Moultrie Police Department, and the St. Tammany’s Parish Sheriff’s Office.
On August 25, 2016, the Moultrie Police Department requested the GBI to assist with a missing person’s investigation after Esther was reported missing by family when she did not pick up her three children at the school bus stop. She was last seen with Heads, who was her live-in boyfriend, GBI officials said.
Heads left Moultrie and traveled to Atlanta within an hour of Esther’s last contact with anyone else.
The GBI and the Gwinnett County Police Department interviewed Heads and his vehicle was processed for evidence, but he was not taken into custody at that time. Heads later moved to Slidell, Louisiana.
In February 2017, the GBI was requested by the Banks County Sheriff’s Office to process a scene where human remains were found in a wooded area in that county, and an anthropologist noted that the remains had similarities to Esther.
In April 2019, the remains were confirmed by DNA analysis to be Esther.
The GBI and Moultrie Police Department secured arrest warrants and traveled to Slidell, Louisiana, to locate and arrest Heads, assisted by the St. Tammany’s Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The extradition process will begin in Louisiana to return Heads to Georgia to face criminal charges, including two counts of felony financial transaction card fraud, according to the GBI.
This investigation is still active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Moultrie Police Department at (229) 985-3131 or the GBI Thomasville Office at (229) 225-4090.