McIntosh Co. Sheriff’s Office investigating Saturday night homicide

Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 5:11 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2022 at 6:17 PM EDT
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MCINTOSH COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Saturday night homicide.

Deputies have identified the victim as 51-year-old Neil Trutt of Darien.

Col. Danny Lowe of the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office says they responded to the Thompson Seafood dock at the Darien waterfront between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday night.

They found Trutt laying on the dock and transported him to the hospital where he died. Col. Lowe says this is a murder investigation, but wouldn’t reveal details surrounding the nature of Trutt’s death.

Shrimp boat captain Wynn Gale says he’s known Trutt, a fellow shrimper, for decades.

“He had a heart of gold, he’d help you out, he’d help anybody out.”

Gale says Trutt was spending the night at the dock the night of the incident. When he learned that he’d been killed.

He was shocked.

“We’ve had people fall overboard and die. I’ve never, to my knowledge on this waterfront, get killed down here on the docks like that. That was strange.”

The incident was the same night as Darien’s July 4th celebration which Gale says likely lead to Trutt being found.

“The people that found him, they were down here putting groceries on their boat to go fishing the next day, and that’s when they found him. They were up there at the festivities.”

An unusual occurrence but officials say there’s no active threat to the community at this time.

“Kinda scary. Don’t know what or why. It was kind of uncalled for. I don’t see a need for it.”

Trutt was well-known in town and Gale says his friends and family are coping with the loss.

“The community is hurting. The commercial fishing industry is hurting. He was a wealth of knowledge and a really good help on the boats.”

Officials say there still haven’t been any arrests in the case.

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