Man charged in deaths of 3 people found in submerged car

Crime & Safety

EUFAULA, Ala. (AP) — State police in Alabama say a man was charged with capital murder in the deaths of a Georgia woman and two children found dead inside a car that was partially submerged in a lake.

A statement says 26-year-old Demetrius Devonte McGhee of Clayton, Alabama, was arrested after being released from a hospital.

McGhee was taken in by air ambulance after a passerby found a sedan containing the bodies of Remona Hudson and two children in the water of Lake Eufaula early Monday.

All the victims were from Cuthbert, Georgia, about 25 miles away.

Court records weren’t available Wednesday to show whether McGhee had a lawyer.

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(previous article: April 26, 2021)

EUFAULA, Ala. (WRBL) – A car containing three dead bodies has been removed from Lake Eufaula as a death investigation continues.

A source close to the investigation, tells WRBL News 3 that the bodies in the car in Lake Eufaula are believed to be connected a second investigation underway at a home located 30 miles away in Cuthbert, Georgia. Officials are on scene at the house, located at the 400 block of Hood Street, where an active investigation is underway.

Details about who the two investigations are connected have not been released by officials.

Eufaula officials received a call at approximately 7:00 a.m. Monday morning about a submerged vehicle in Lake Eufaula. When officers arrived on scene, they discovered a Blue Toyota in the water of the lake.

Chief of Police Steve Watkins confirmed three bodies were discovered in the car.

“Our officers arrived and did locate a vehicle that was partially underwater. We started the recovery process and realized that the vehicle was occupied and we ceased the recovery efforts at that time to start our investigation,” said Chief Watkins.

The bodies were found at the Old Creek Town Park area of the lake, where investigators are concentrating their efforts. Identities of those in the car have not been released.

A local woman was there when police began to remove the car from the lake. Julie Taylor, who lives in the area, was out this morning animal watching when she saw officials working to recover the car. It was at this point that officials said bodies were in the car and asked on-lookers to clear the area.

“He walked over and at that point he looked into the car and raised his hands you know telling everyone to get back and then some of the park workers came around to where I was parked and told us we had to leave because there were bodies in the car. We left upon their request that we depart,” said Taylor.

Taylor was able to take some photos before leaving the area.

The State Bureau of Investigation, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s investigative unit, has been called in to investigate the case.

If you have any information on this incident contact the Eufaula Police Department at or their anonymous tip hotline at 334-687-7100.   

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