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Toombs Co. cold case murders

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Friday marks anniversaries for two murders in Toombs County. One community, one holiday, two unsolved murders from years apart. 

Both loved ones and investigators say they haven't given up on these cold cases, no matter how long its been.

The family of Lance Summersett gathers each Independence Day to remember the young man shot and killed at a late night cookout July 4, 2005.

"It's hard to fathom that its been nine years and we haven't had somebody tried for this murder," victim's mother Barbara Summersett said. 

Investigators had gotten as far as indicting a suspect but their only witness died of illness and prosecutors dropped the charges.

Two years ago Friday, someone tied up Shannon Sharpe, and set him on fire inside his Toombs County mobile home off US Highway 1. Sheriff Alvie Kight says they haven't gotten that one lead to help them solve the mystery.

"It's like this is a big puzzle. We've got several pieces on the table, but we haven't been able to put them together yet," Knight said. 

Investigators in the Summersett case had gotten as far as indicting a suspect but their only witness died of illness and prosecutors dropped the charges.

"I'm never giving up on this case, as long as I'm on this earth. I know my son would want me to keep trying to find out who did this," Summersett said. 

The state fire marshal has $10,000 for information in the Sharpe case. Summersett's family and investigators have put together a $5,000 reward.

Both Summersett and the sheriff say they don't care if its guilt or conscience that brings someone forward, or the zeros in the reward check. Whatever it takes to get justice in both cases. 

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