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Bodies identified as missing Georgians, suspects charged

GBI has identified the three people found dead in South Georgia
Posted: 2:48 PM, Mar 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-29 18:23:37Z
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BERRIEN COUNTY, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified the three people found dead in Atkinson and Berrien counties as the three people who were reported missing.

GBI arrested Keyante Green, 25, on charges related to the death of three individuals — Ronnie Wayne Hackle Jr., Mercedes Maelyn Hackle, 17 and Bobbi Lynn Moore, 22.

Jonathan Douglas Vann, 20, who was arrested Wednesday, is being charged with two counts of malice murder for the deaths of Wayne Hackle, Jr. and Bobbie Lynn Moore in Atkinson County. In Berrien County, Vann was also charged with one count of malice murder for the death of Mercedes Hackle and for arson in regards to the burned vehicle.

Greene is being charged with two counts of concealing the death of another person in relation to Wayne Hackle, Jr. and Bobbie Lynn Moore in Atkinson County. Greene was also charged with one count of concealing the death of another person in relation to Mercedes Hackle in Berrien County.

This is a developing story.
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A third body has been found after three people went missing in South Georgia on Tuesday.

WALB reports that Berrien County Sheriff Ray Paulk said that after two bodies were found in Atkinson County Wednesday, a third was found off of Highway 135 late Thursday afternoon in Berrien County, not far from where the other two bodies were found.

A man has been arrested in connection to the disappearance of three people and the death of the two found Wednesday.

Jonathan Vann, 20, was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in connection to the disappearances and deaths.

None of the deceased have been identified.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI to help with the missing persons investigation following the discovery of a vehicle on fire in the Highway 135 at the Alapaha River area near the Atkinson County line in Berrien County.

As as a result of the investigation, it was determined that the car was being used by 22-year-old Bobbie Lynn Moore. It was also determined that Moore, 27-year-old Ronnie Wayne Hackle, Jr. and 17-year-old Mercedes Maelyn Hackle, were not responding to attempts to make contact.

The GBI, with the help of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, Atkinson County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, have since found the remains of two individuals whose identities have not yet been confirmed.

The remains are being sent to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Macon for autopsy and identification.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office at (229) 686-7071 or the GBI Douglas Office at (912) 389-4103.