Murder suspect Austin Todd Stryker to be extradited to Georgia


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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  1. Tasha Colson October 9, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Much of your information is wrong. Wrong missing and reported missing dates, and wrong official charges on several. If you’re going to try to inform the public, please at least get your information correct!!!

  2. LJMichaels October 9, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    I will never understand the unnecessary act of others to take a life and convince there shelfs and others it’s the right thing to do. I can not get over this selfishness of taking a young lady’s or any ones life this could of been any one of our children or young adults. I send the most deepest sympathy to Hannah’s family and friends. Maybe the folks in Dahlonega has learned not to speculate and start false rumors and badger people in the way they have so many. You people should be ashamed of yourselves but trash like you who speculate are just that trash!

    • Donna October 10, 2019 at 7:11 am

      Make a example out of these people. Young adults taking the life of another. What in this world made them think that they could get away with this ?!

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