LUMPKIN CO, GA – Lumpkin County authorities and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are searching for a woman reported missing since Sept. 14.
The woman’s name is Hannah Bender. She was reported missing by her mother Carol Gilreath.
As of 2:45 p.m. today (Sept. 21) had not located her.
This story is currently developing and Fetch Your News will update as information becomes available.
Jose Luis Amaro Vasquez, 33, of Mexico, was arrested on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office in Dahlonega, GA.
In October 2018, LCSO had requested the GBI initiate an investigation into allegations of rape, cruelty to children, and false imprisonment. GBI Special Agent in Charge, Kimberly Williams, took the investigation. The case agent was able to corroborate the allegations through an exhaustive investigation with assistance from a bilingual Gainesville Police Department Detective. As a result, Vazquez was charged with two counts of rape, two counts of child cruelty, and one count of false imprisonment. Vazquez is currently housed in the Lumpkin County Jail.
State agents stated that they will hand the case over to the Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney for prosecution, once the investigation ends.
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The GBI arrested East Ellijay Police Office Michael McClure at approximately noon today February 14th 2018. A copy of Booking report and warrant below. FYN has requested a statement from the GBI and East Ellijay Police Chief Larry Callahan.
Below is a Press Release Statement from East Ellijay Chief of Police, Larry Callahan.
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Law enforcement officials discovered two more methamphetamine labs in Lumpkin County Tuesday capable of producing millions of dollars in crystal meth. The discovery dismantled a major criminal organization and has sent at least one member of the organization on the run.
Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said it all started with a drug bust last Friday that uncovered a huge meth lab in Suches and led to the arrest of five Hispanic males.
That investigation led agents with the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, GBI and FBI to 289 Iberian Road in Dahlonega where they located a suspected meth lab that had been completely consumed by fire. The fire is being investigated by the Fire Marshall’s Office as a case of arson.
Agents then executed a second search warrant the same day at 126 Antique Way where they discovered another suspected meth lab. Lab equipment found at that location was consistent with the one found last week in Suches. They also located seven empty 55-gallon drums, three of which tested positive for methamphetamine, along with two AR-15 rifles, a pistol grip shotgun and a handgun.
Both the Lumpkin County properties are linked to Clara Catarino Mendoza, 32, an Hispanic female, 5’1” tall, weighing 125 pounds. Agents believe that Mendoza fled with her two juvenile children. Arrest warrants have been issued on Mendoza for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. She is believed to be driving either a 2006 yellow H2 hummer, Georgia tag PYX 5020, a 2003 gray Ford Superduty Truck, Georgia tag PKM 9409 or a White BMW 4 door sedan (exact model and tag unknown). If anybody sees Mendoza or has any information on her please call the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office at 706-864- 3633, the GBI at 1-800- 597-8477, the FBI at 1-800- 225-5324 or your local police department or sheriff’s office.
“I want to thank all the agencies involved in this endeavor to get this dangerous organization dismantled in our community,” Jarrard said. “As always, we are proud to have such good working relations with the FBI, GBI, Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, as well as our hard working Lumpkin County Sheriff Deputies.”
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GBI Seeks Help with Identifying Body
Commerce, Georgia – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is seeking the public’s help in identifying human remains found near Interstate 85 in Banks County.
On Sunday, February 5, 2017, a skeleton was discovered in a wooded area near New Salem Methodist Church, at 2170 Highway 59, in Commerce. The body’s location was one mile south of I-85, Exit 154 for Toccoa/SR 63/Martin Bridge Road. The Banks County Sheriff’s Office requested GBI’s assistance with the investigation.
A forensic anthropological examination estimates the remains to be of an African American/Hispanic female, approximately 30-44 years of age, and approximately 4’9’ to 5’6” in height. The date of death is estimated to be up to 4 years prior to the time of discovery.
Found among the remains, was a metal ring and a butterfly necklace charm (see attached photographs). Blue, purple, and gray in color fabrics were also collected from the scene. Dental is available for comparison.
Anyone with information concerning the case is asked to call the GBI Athens office at 706-552-2309 or the Banks County Sheriff’s Office at 706-677-2248. Information may also be submitted on-line here.
Dahlonega, GA. – On Thursday, April 20, 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office coordinated with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Rapid Response Team to conduct a large scale woodlands search of the area where Tosha Herron’s wrecked vehicle was found on October 12, 2016 off of Highway 129 North in Lumpkin County, Georgia. The area is considered the Chestatee Wildlife Management Area. This search was expanded beyond the areas previously searched by law enforcement since October 2016.
During the operation, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Rapid Response Team located a boot that was the mate to Herron’s boot found shortly after the discovery of the accident in October. Additionally, the Rapid Response Team located what appears to be human remains. The remains were collected by the GBI Crime Scene Specialist and will be transported to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Officer for examination and identification.
LUMPKIN CO., Ga. – The body of a missing Murrayville woman was found early Sunday in the woods off Hwy. 60 just north of Dahlonega. The man she had been linked to romantically has been charged with murder and aggravated assault.
Deputies with the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Hall County Sheriff’s Office, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation located the body of 41-year-old Wanda Kay McDougald about one mile south of the Union County line shortly after midnight.
Hall County deputies located 52-year-old John Harol Whitfield at a home in Clermont Sunday afternoon. He has been charged with murder and aggravated assault and booked into the Lumpkin County jail.
GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said McDougald and Whitfield had lived together for more than a year.
An autopsy is pending. Fetch Your News will have more details as they become available.