DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Austin Todd Stryker, the primary suspect in the murder of 21-year-old Hannah Bender waived extradition Friday. He is expected to be returned to Lumpkin County in the next two to three weeks.
Stryker was arrested in Pittsburgh on a felony murder warrant one week after Bender’s body was found in Forsyth County. He is in custody in the Alleghany County Jail
Five others believed to have some knowledge of the death remain in jail. Stryker’s fiancée 21-year-old Elizabeth Brooke Donaldson is charged with tampering with evidence. Isaac Huff, 18, and Dylan Patrick Reid, 19, are charged with concealing the death of another. Jerry Harper, 78. He is charged with concealment of a body and tampering with evidence. Lumpkin County has charged Bailey Williams, 21, with felony tampering with evidence in the case.
Bender’s mother reported her missing Sept. 19. Five days later, her body was found in a ravine near Parks Road and Hwy 306 in Forsyth County. On Oct. 1, Stryker was spotted by Pittsburgh police and admitted he was wanted on a murder warrant.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is in charge of the investigation.
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