UPDATE: GBI investigates Seminole Co. double homicide, victims identified

Kelly Kennedy, Seminole Co. double homicide
Kelly Kennedy, Seminole Co. double homicide(Seminole County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Nov. 1, 2021 at 12:59 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2021 at 1:30 PM EDT
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DONALSONVILLE, Ga. (WALB) - A Seminole County man is being charged with the death of two people, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

Agents said on Sunday, Oct. 31, around 1:05 p.m., the GBI was requested by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office to assist in what began as a missing persons/welfare check case in the 3000 block of Tom Mills Road.

Deputies responded to the welfare check and said they found Sammy Ray Beasley, 76, and Catherine Kennedy, 77, along with a missing vehicle. They found evidence at the scene that indicated a struggle and suspected assault of some kind had taken place there, according to a release.

Deputies began looking for the missing vehicle and found it being driven by Kelly Dale Kennedy, 36, of Donalsonville, later that afternoon in the area close to the scene.

Kennedy is the grandson of Catherine and Beasley was Catherine’s boyfriend, according to GBI agents. He lived next door to the victims.

Kennedy was stopped and taken into custody and transported to the Seminole County Jail.

After further investigation, agents developed information that led to the discovery of Catherine on the property and Beasley, who had been carried from the scene and thrown in the Chattahoochee River.

The release said Beasley’s body was recovered from the river with the assistance of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Jackson County Florida Sheriff’s Office dive team.

An autopsy for Catherine will be completed by the GBI Crime Lab this week, and the autopsy for Beasley will be done in Florida due to his location in the river, according to the GBI.

The GBI said Kennedy is charged with two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, felony theft by taking, and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

This case is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information on either case is asked and encouraged to call the GBI at 229-225-4090 or Seminole County Sheriff’s Office at (229) 524-5115.

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