SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A 39-year-old Savannah man is charged in the June 2011 disappearance of a 52-year-old auto salesman.
Anthony Ingram has been charged in connection with the death of Christopher Allen Mooney who had been reported missing on June 6, 2011 from his cottage on the 200 block of East 52nd Street.
Ingram was served Tuesday at the Chatham County Detention Center where he was being held on other charges, according to Savannah-Chatham Metro Police.
A search of Mooney's home resulted in a missing person investigation, but police continued to consider the possibility of foul play. Mooney's body has not been found.
Ingram was charged during an ongoing investigation by SCMPD Criminal Investigations detectives. Detectives worked closely with the Mooney family during the investigation. . SCMPD worked closely with the Chatham County District Attorney's Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab and the Medical Examiner's Office.
Mooney was a car salesman at Critz BMW. His coworkers say he was a joy to work with and that they suspected foul play when he disappeared.
"You always hope for the best, but we knew he wasn't the type of person to disappear and run off. We were always hoping to find out exactly what happened. So at least now we know," Greg Kennel said.
Police continue to investigate and collect evidence. Those with information on the case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include "CStop2020" plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
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Statement from the Mooney family:
"We would like to thank the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, and especially Detective Jonathan Puhala, for all of their hard work and persistence on this case. This year has been extraordinarily difficult for our family, and today's announcement helps us to achieve a small degree of closure. Chris was a special person, and we all loved him deeply, as did his many, many friends throughout Savannah and beyond. He touched many lives, and for each person there is a special loss that cannot be measured.
"It is our hope that the love that Chris shared with so many can live on in each of us.