149 Old Ridge Road, River North
A Jones County woman is charged with killing a missing Atlanta-area businessman.
The Jones County Sheriff's Office says Pamela Moss was taken into custody Monday night, and is at the Wayne County Memorial Hospital.
An arrest warrant says Jones County officials suspect Pamela Moss of murdering Doug Coker last week.
Coker was last seen in Bibb County on Tuesday, March 13, and investigators found a body under the back porch at a Jones County home Sunday night.
Sheriff Butch Reece says they are "99 percent sure" the body is Coker's. He said they hope to verify after Coker's dental records arrive Monday.
The body was found at 149 Old Ridge Road in the River North subdivision. Reece says they're looking for the homeowner in connection to the crime.
"The homeowner in River North is a Pamela Moss. We've issued an arrest warrant for her at this time," said Reece.
Reece said Moss is a grant writer and had a meeting scheduled last Tuesday with Coker, who apparently asked her help in starting a non-profit.
"The victim and the suspect were in business dealings together," said Reece. "He had contacted her to help write a grant from what we understand."
He would not say how Coker died or describe the circumstance further.
He said investigators are searching on foot and by air today for Coker's car, a silver-bluish Dodge Avenger. The tag number is BVM 1089.
"We're still looking for the victims vehicle. It has not been found. We're 99 point 9 percent sure of who the victim is, but at this point as of right now we have not had a positive identification."
Earlier today, an attorney for Coker's family said they believe he is dead, based on the information provided by the sheriff's department. And the Henry County chamber of commerce issued a news release offering condolences to his family.
But so far, the body found last night has not been positively identified.
Capt. Earl Humphries of the Jones County Sheriff's Office says a man was found dead around 11:30 Sunday night in the River North gated community.
Reece says the Sheriff's Office was contacted by a lawyer out of Macon, who said Moss would turn herself in on Monday.
Reece says in 1997 Moss plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her mother. He says records show she served about 10 years in prison.