Sheriff Jarrard thanks public for help in identifying murder victim

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. –Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard thanked the public for helping to identify the woman who left the Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering with John Bryan Capstraw and hitchhiked to Kentucky before being murdered there.

Jarrard reached out for the public’s help in a Facebook post over the weekend after learning from the Elizabethtown (Ky.) Police Department that she had been murdered.

“I would like to take this opportunity and thank everyone with the overwhelming response about the identity of the female victim involved in the murder in Kentucky,” Jarrard said.  “The victim has been identified. The response with Social Media was instrumental in getting the word out and I thank all that contacted me with information. At this time, we cannot release the identity of the female victim until we receive further notification from Elizabethtown (Ky.) Police Department.”

An investigator with the Elizabethtown Police Department said Capstraw, 20, admitted to killing the woman and has been charged with murder.

Capstraw told police he and the woman left the event and hitchhiked northward. An ABC affiliate in Elizabethtown reported Capstraw told police he blacked out and when he awoke the woman was dead and he had injuries to his hands.

 

 

 

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Woman murdered after leaving Rainbow gathering

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — Authorities in Elizabethtown have arrested a Florida man they say met an unidentified woman at the Rainbow Family of Living Light Gathering in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Lumpkin County then hitchhiked to Kentucky together where he beat and stabbed her to death.

WHAS Channel 11 TV, an ABC affiliate, is reporting tonight that Joseph Bryan Capstraw, 20, has admitted to killing the woman during a blackout and he has been charged with one count of murder.

Authorities with the Elizabethtown Police Department say while investigating a call of a suspicious person, officers located Capstraw who said he needed a hospital and that he “killed her.”

Officers report Capstraw then took them to the body of the female victim.

According to reports, it is believed Capstraw was in a verbal altercation with the woman when he blacked out. Capstraw then allegedly observed the woman, beaten badly, and that he had multiple injuries on his hands.

This marks the second time in three years, a supposedly peaceful gathering of the Rainbow Family of Living Light resulted in the death of a participant.

In March 2015, a gathering in the Apalachicola National Forest in Florida ended in gunfire when 39-year-old Clark Mayers of Milledgeville shot 24-year-old Wesley Jones three times. Jones survived the shooting but was paralyzed and when Jacob Cardwell of Arizona attempted to calm Mayers, he was shot twice and killed.

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard issued the following press release tonight:

“The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance in determining the identification of a homicide victim. On July 7, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Elizabethtown, Ky. Police Department. They advised they had in their custody a 20-year-old white male (See booking photo) Joseph Bryan Capstraw who is charged with the murder of an unidentified female he says he met at the Rainbow Family of Living Light here in Lumpkin County.

“Please, I ask if you have any information about the female that accompanied Joseph Bryan Capstraw as they were hitchhiking from the Rainbow Family of Living Light, please contact the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office so we can help this victim be identified and help her be returned to her loved ones. Please pray for the family of the victim.”

To provide information, please call 706-864-0414.

 

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