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12/02/02

Residents Remember Slain Postal Worker

Residents in a small town are mourning the loss of one of their own. This weekend, a woman was found brutally murdered inside the post office where she worked. It happened in Fleming, Georgia, about 15 miles from Hinesville. But this brutal tragedy is not going to get the best of the people who live there.

The flag outside the tiny post office flies at half staff and candles burn in memory of the woman who worked here for more than nine years.

For this small town things like this don't happen here. A crime resembling anything like this hasn't happened for more than 20 years. And although the people who live here are devastated by this tragedy, they say whoever did this will not keep them living in fear.

"We're trying to stick together and try to get back together where we can carry on," said former postmaster Mildred Haymans. "Because life goes on even though you'd like it to stop, but it won't stop. You have to keep going on."

As the town tries to move on, a memorial site is just one way to remember the woman who brought so much good to so many people.

"I'm going to miss her very much and I hope that her husband and sons and her brother and sisters will be comforted," said Haymans.

Because this murder took place inside a federal building, the investigation is being handled by the United States Postal Inspection Service. If you have any information about this homicide, please call the Silent Witness Hotline at 912-876-2020. You can remain anonymous. A $50,000 reward is being offered for the capture and conviction of those responsible.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

 

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