Special to SEGAZINE
Two people were found dead inside a South Georgia home Monday morning. The house is in the 8000 block of Northwood Drive in Donalsonville and was roped off with crime tape all day.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call after the bodies of Eliace Marie Smith, 49, and Heber Jettie Bennett Jr., 64, both of 8056 Northwood Dr., Donalsonville. The Sheriff’s Office requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to assist in the investigation. Both bodies had gunshot wounds and were found at their residence.
The GBI considers it a double homicide murder investigation and the investigation continues to determine the identity of the suspect. Anyone with any further information can call the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, 229-524-5115 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at 229-225-4090.
Officials say the bodies were found shortly after a call came into the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office around 8 a.m. Monday.
Neighbors, however say, they knew something was wrong when they saw all the police activity in what they call their typically quiet and peaceful neighborhood.
“They wouldn’t tell me much because they didn’t know,” said Neighbor Martha Chastain.
“They said they were waiting on a warrant to get inside the house and I finally got it out of them. I said, are there dead bodies in there? He said, yes, I think so.”
Investigators say, the names and ages of the victims are not being released until their families have been notified.
There’s still no word yet as to if investigators have a suspect or what the motive behind the deaths could be.