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DEVELOPING: Arrest Made After 3 Burned Bodies Found In Augusta

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The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in connection to a triple homicide in Hephzibah in which three charred bodies were found in a wooded area. (WJBF-TV)

The Richmond County Sheriff Office has charged Ryan David Jones with 3 counts of Murder, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime in relation to the bodies discovered off of Matthew Court (Initial reports indicated that the incident location was Mickey Court, however, after verification from the Richmond County's GIS site, it was found that this unmarked street is Matthew Court). Jones was originally being held as a Person of Interest.

After a media release, investigators received a phone call from Steve Jones, who requested the Sheriff's Office check on the welfare of his family at 3729 Pinnacle Place Drive, in Hephzibah. Steve Jones advised he had no contact with his parents, Roosevelt and Edna Jones, or his brother, Russell Jones, since Monday, May 20th.

Deputies arrived at the residence and observed the family vehicles at the residence. Deputies forced entry into the residence per the request of the family and discovered large amounts of blood inside the residence.

After obtaining search warrants for the residence and reviewing the scene, it was the common consensus among experienced Violent Crimes investigators that multiple murders had occurred within the residence.

Crime Scene investigators who had processed the original scene viewed photographs of Edna Jones, Roosevelt Jones, and Russell Jones located within the residence and found that the bodies discovered earlier had the same appearances of Roosevelt Jones, Russell Jones, and Edna Jones.

During autopsies of the three bodies located in the fire, it was determined that each victim had been shot at least once. Ballistics evidence recovered during autopsy and at the residence was later compared to a firearm belonging to Ryan Jones and recovered at the time he was taken into custody, proved to be a match.

Investigators are still awaiting dental confirmation to officially identify the victims. However, based on the totality of the evidence collected thus far, interviews with family members, property and vehicle records...investigators have no reason to believe that the bodies located off of Matthew Court are anyone other than the remains of Roosevelt, Edna, and Russell Jones.

Ryan Jones is the son of Roosevelt and Edna Jones.

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By Randy Key, WJBF Web Content Producer - Augusta, GA -

On Tuesday, Richmond County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a wooded area off of Mickey Court regarding a suspicious situation.

Upon arrival, deputies observed what appeared to be 2 black males and a black female deceased.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in learning of any missing persons within the last 30 days.

This investigation is ongoing, according to investigators.

We will continue to follow this breaking story and provide the latest details as soon as they are available.

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