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Missing Savannah man found murdered in Effingham Co. home

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Effingham County Sheriff's officials now believe a Rincon home is where a missing Savannah man was murdered, before being dismembered.

Authorities were led to the house on Whitehall Avenue after learning 35-year-old Charlie Ray was an acquaintance of Chad Moretz and was known to frequent the area, but what would unfold next, no one expected.

"It was just a follow up investigation," said Public Information Officer David Ehsanipoor. "We wanted to talk to Chad Moretz and Mr. Kevin Lambert (of Florida), his wife's brother answered the door. He whispered to us that Chad was inside the residence. He had a high powered rifle and he was going to kill us."

Authorities say Moretz then grabbed an assault weapon and took his wife hostage.

Ray's remains were discovered after Moretz was killed during the standoff. More remains were found in a storage unit in Jasper County, rented by Moretz wife a week prior.

On the eve of the Rincon standoff, Kimberly Moretz called Coastal Storage in Hardeeville trying to get in her storage unit after hours.

"They were desperate and wanted to get in and get some stuff out and they needed to get their stuff out that night," said Manager Denis Stone. "I told them we don't open the door after 9 at night and they would need to come back the next day."

Stone checked on the unit the next morning, but Moretz never showed.

"The next thing I heard from the Sheriff's department in Jasper County. The detectives saying they needed to get in there, because they had a body from Georgia in there," said Stone.

Stone was shocked, but says it explains her odd behavior on the phone.

"I was surprised it was someone from Georgia, that came over to rent a storage unit to put a body in," said Stone.

Now Kimberly Moretz and her brother Kevin Lamber are charged with concealing his death.

Investigators believe Moretz was responsible for Ray's death. An autopsy of the remains found in Effingham will be conducted Monday in Savannah at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime lab.

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