Candler County officials still investigating bodies found unburied

Candler County officials still investigating bodies found unburied

CANDLER COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - UPDATE: Investigators are still working to find out why the bodies of three people sat unburied on a property for decades.

Officials say they still have as many questions as they do answers. They believe the remains came from a Metter funeral home, but they want to know why they’d been there for so long.

This case began last month when workers demolished a shed at Hodges Funeral Home. They crew carried the building and its contents to a scrapyard on the outskirts of town. That’s when they realized three containers held skeletons of three people. Since then, investigators have charged Percy Hodges from the funeral home with abandonment of bodies. Officials haven’t found any family for the three who can explain how they died or how their bodies ended up at the funeral home.

“If anybody knows these people, remembers these people, we encourage them to reach out to the sheriff’s office or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation,” said Sheriff John Miles, Candler County.

Hodges could be facing one to three years in prison for each set of remains. The sheriff says they’re also looking for death certificates or other records for more clues in the case.

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A man has been arrested as a result of the Dec. 28, 2018 discovery of human remains at a local scrap yard in Metter.

The remains originated from the property of Hodges Funeral Home. On Thursday, Jan. 10, 70-year-old Percy Hodges was arrested for throwing away or abandonment of dead bodies.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Candler County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Hodges Funeral Home to gather evidence and documents in an attempt to further the investigation and positively identify the three sets of remains found. Information given to investigators indicates the remains are of individuals believed to have been dead for over 25 years. The GBI says the names of the deceased are Theresa McClarin, Leroy Dixon, and Mamie Fredricks.

If anyone has any information regarding the aforementioned names, you are encouraged to contact the GBI Statesboro Office at 912.871.1121.

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