Carter charged with murder of Thomasville woman

Carter charged with murder of Thomasville woman
Updated: Jul. 18, 2018 at 7:41 PM EDT
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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation charged a Thomasville man with the murder of a woman whose body was found after she had been missing for more than 10 days.

Arrest warrants were issued for Robert Carter II on malice murder and concealing the death of another regarding the death of Deanna Shirey, according to GBI officials.

The warrants, the GBI said, were added to the previous charges Carter is facing from previous incidents.

The warrants will be served on Carter at the Thomas County Jail, where he is currently housed.

GBI agents, along with the Thomasville Police Department and Thomas County Sheriff's Office, are continuing to process and sort evidence seized in the three separate incidents Carter has charges stemming from.

An autopsy was conducted on Shirey's body on July 16.

Autopsy results are still pending, according to the GBI.

Additional charges against Carter are also anticipated, officials said.

Once the investigation is complete, the case will be turned over to the District Attorney's office.

The case is ongoing.

During those long weeks of trying to find Shirey, her family was overwhelmed with the love and support they received from the community.

A "celebration of life" in Shirey's honor is scheduled for Thursday, 6 p.m., at the First Baptist Church.

"There was never any doubt or hesitation that we would have mom's service here to be able to take the next steps in healing with the community that has become our Thomasville family," said Nick Abiusi, Shirey's son-in-law.

First Baptist Church is located at 210 North Broad Street in Thomasville.

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