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Richmond Hill Police seek suspects in Fruitticher death


On Dec. 4 at approximately 11:38 a.m., Richmond Hill Police responded to the parking lot of Steamer's Restaurant in Richmond Hill in reference to an unconscious person.

Upon arrival, police determined that the victim, identified as 23-year old Evans Patrick Fruitticher of Richmond Hill, was deceased.

Richmond Hill Police conducted an investigation to determine the cause of death, and an autopsy was conducted by the GBI Crime lab, but no results have been officially released.

Police are waiting on toxicology reports to determine if the victim was under the influence of any controlled substances.

Fruitticher was an employee of Steamer's Restaurant and had worked a shift the night before he was found.

According to the complaint, Robert Byrd, a resident of the Travel Lodge and Fruitticher's coworker, said he and Fruitticher had a few drinks after getting off work.

Byrd said he found Fruitticher lying in the parking lot next to his vehicle and he called the police.

After further investigation and interviewing several sources, police secured warrants for the arrest of Robert Byrd and Thomasina Dawson on charges of possession with intent to distribute schedule II and schedule IV controlled substances.

As of Wednesday, Byrd and Dawson have checked out of the Travel Lodge in Richmond Hill and have not been located.

They could face additional charges if the autopsy and toxicology reports reveal Fruitticher died due to a drug overdose.

This is an ongoing investigation and police are asking that anyone with information regarding the case or the whereabouts of Byrd or Dawson to contact the Richmond Hill Police Dept. at 912.756.5645 or Cpl. Jack Frost at 912.756.0223.

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