GBI investigating death in Tift Co.

Dexter Patterson Death Investigation

TY TY, Ga. (WALB) - On Sunday, the Tift County Sheriff’s Office requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to assist in a death investigation.

On Sunday night, the Tift County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a deceased person in the 100 block of Ty Ty Sycamore Road.

“We would appreciate any tips that you may have as to who frequented the property in an attempt to piece together what happen with this incident,” said Marko Jones, assistant special agent in charge.

Marko Jones, GBI assistant special agent in charge.
Marko Jones, GBI assistant special agent in charge. (Source: WALB)

Upon arrival, responding deputies found the body of Dexter Bernard Patterson, 49, of Ty Ty.

Patterson was pronounced dead at the scene.

“I do know that the lady that let ‘Dirty D,’ he was solo by all of us, you know come here and stay. So for this to happen to him, you know what I am saying. No one around here would of ever did this to him period," Vernita Brantley, a friend of Patterson, said.

Brantley said he had been living at the home for quite some time. She said she is shocked to learn about her friend’s death.

“All I know is that they found his body back here with his pants down to his ankles, so somebody drug him from that house. He wouldn’t fight nobody back, he would never hurt nobody,” said Brantley.

Vernita Brantley, friend of Dexter Patterson.
Vernita Brantley, friend of Dexter Patterson. (Source: WALB)

Brantley is hoping law enforcement finds answers.

“I am sure they are going to find out. I am hoping today because like I say, he did nobody no harm or wrong,” said Brantley.

Brantley said it has been tough for her and her daughter to hear about Patterson’s death.

She said Patterson was a good person.

“For them to do him like they did, ain’t nobody slept me and my daughter ain’t slept period,” said Brantley.

An autopsy will be performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Macon

Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to call the Tift County Sheriff’s Office at (229) 388-6020 or the GBI Sylvester Office at (229) 777-2080.

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