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Bulloch County deaths ruled murder-suicide


According to investigators, the deaths of two individuals found at a residence in the 200 block of River Retreat Rd. in Brooklet Saturday have been ruled a murder-suicide.

George Wayne Bridges, 51, and his wife, Thamara Celinda-Suarez Bridges, 37, were found on the living room couch, both with a single gunshot wound to the head. Police recovered the firearm at the scene.

The investigation has determined that there were a number of stress factors in the home prior to the deaths but police have not found a definitive motive. Investigators believe George Bridges shot and killed his wife and then turned the weapon on himself.

George and Thamara Bridges lived in a quite riverside home off River Retreat Road with about a handful of other homes.

Neighbors called the chain of events completely shocking for their quiet community along the river on this dirt road. Next door neighbor James Brookes said he knew George Bridges very well, having lived next to him for 10 years. he only met Thamara a few years ago when the Bridges got married.

Brooke's says for George to do this is completely out of character.

"No. I couldn't. I never thought he'd do something like this," Brookes said.

A few chickens and three dogs wandered the Bridge's property Monday afternoon. Brookes says they are like neighborhood dogs and will continue to be cared for.

Sunday afternoon, authorities arrived at 275 River Retreat Road in Bulloch County, about 8 miles from Brooklet, and found the Bridge's dead on the couch. Investigator Jared Akins told WTOC they believe Bridges shot his wife while she was asleep on the couch and then turned the gun on himself.

Monday morning, suspicions of a murder suicide were confirmed by investigators. Akins says there were no other signs of violence or a physical altercation. There were no cuts, no bruises.

However, the office is familiar with the Bridges after being called to the home twice in the last year for domestic disputes between the two. In one case, Thamara Bridges was arrested and charged with simple assault.  

"Certainly nothing to this extent. Probably a combination of things we may never know caused this," Akins told WTOC. "There were indications of financial strain, but that is normal this time of year and it adds to it."

"I never heard them fighting. No, no fighting," Brookes told WTOC. "He was good as gold and I didn't know too much about her but I knew George pretty well and he was a good guy."

Investigator Akins said there is no motive they have found and no letter was left behind.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Inv. Walter Deal at 912.764.1788 or submit an anonymous tip to

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