More arrests, more charges could be filed in Bender murder case

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said Friday there could be more arrests in the Hannah Bender murder case.

“I know the GBI is looking into that,” he said during a phone interview.

Jarrard also said the GBI could file additional charges against the six people already in custody.

Authorities believe Bender was murdered in Lumpkin County, but her body was found in a ravine in Forsyth County on Parks Road near Hwy 306.

Austin Todd Stryker, who was arrested in Pittsburgh last week, has been charged with Bender’s murder. He also has been charged with the robbery of the Dollar General store on Hwy. 60 in Lumpkin County in July.

Authorities have not revealed a motive in the murder. Nor have they said whether the robbery and murder are connected. The GBI special agent in charge of the investigation declined to be interviewed last week.

The others arrested include Bailey Williams, 21, charged with tampering with evidence; Dylan Reid, 19, charged with concealing a death; Isaac Huff, 18, charged with concealing a death; Elizabeth Brooke Donaldson, 21,  charged with  tampering with evidence; Jerry Harper, 78, charged with concealing a dead body and tampering with evidence.

 

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Murder suspect Austin Todd Stryker to be extradited to Georgia

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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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They got him! Murder suspect Austin Stryker arrested in Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Austin Todd Stryker, the man accused of killing 21-year-old Hannah Bender was arrested at 1 a.m. today (Oct. 2) in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said they received a tip about Stryker’s whereabouts and passed it along to U.S. Marshals and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. No other details of the arrest are available at this hour.

Bender’s mother Carol Gilreath last saw her daughter on Sept. 14 and reported her missing on Sept. 19. Authorities found her body in a ravine near Parks Road in Forysth County five days later.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Stryker’s fiancee Elizabeth Brooke Donaldson in Dawson County. According to court records, she is charged with tampering with evidence. Her bond was set at $5,200.

Dawson County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Jerry Harper, 78, Friday. He is charged with concealment of a body and tampering with evidence.

Two other men — Isaac Huff, 18, and Dylan Patrick Reid, 19, were arrested Tuesday in Dawsonville. They are charged with concealing the death of another.

Stryker’s fiancee, Elizabeth Donaldson, and another man, Jerry Harper, were arrested last week.

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GBI makes two more arrests in Hannah Bender murder case

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga – Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation with assistance from Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested two more suspects in the murder case of Hannah Bender last night (Sept 30).

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard reported just moments ago that Isaac Huff and Dylan Reid were arrested in Dawson County and are now in the Dawson County Detention Center.

Jarrard said officials with the GBI are meeting today with the District Attorney Lee Darragh to determine what charges to file against both men.

Jarrard also said he expects more arrests in the case. One more could come as soon as today.

Bender’s mother Carol Gilreath last saw her daughter on Sept. 14 and reported her missing on Sept. 19. Authorities found her body in a ravine near Parks Road in Forysth County five days later.

The primary suspect in the case is Austin Todd Stryker who is still at large. His fiancee Elizabeth Donaldson and another man, Jerry Harper, were arrested last week.

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Hannah Bender: Obituary

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Ms. Hannah Bender, age 21, of Dahlonega passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

Hannah was born in Hall County on September 4, 1998. She attended Lumpkin County High School. Hannah was an artist and all that comes with that. She was an amazing soul taking every chance she could to make you smile. Hannah loved her family and gave tremendous strength and courage to her mom. Her words, “I got you mama”, will forever be cherished by her mother. Hannah’s hands were a gift from God. Her art would give testimony to the wonder and beauty of the ability to create. Hannah, now safely in the arms of God, will paint the sky for all of us!

Survivors include her mother and step-father Carol and Chad Gilreath, Dahlonega; father Gary Bender, Atlanta; brother and fiancé Austin Bender and Dayla Church, Dahlonega; niece Braylee Bender, Dahlonega; brother Lee Long, West Virginia; sister Sarah Bender, Dahlonega; maternal grandmother Carolyn Peters, Cleveland; 2 aunts and numerous cousins.

A celebration of Hannah’s life will be 4:00 PM Friday, October 4, 2019 at the chapel of Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home. Her family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the hour of the service on Friday at the funeral home.

To share a memory of Hannah or a condolence with the family visit andersonunderwood.com.

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Reward offered for information on murder suspect Austin Stryker

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Authorities have posted a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Austin Todd Stryker, 22, of Dawsonville.

Stryker is the main suspect in the murder of 21-year-old Hannah Bender. The Lumpkin County woman’s body was found Wednesday in a ravine in north Forsyth County.

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said yesterday the U.S. Marshals Office had placed the reward on Stryker and a new arrest warrant was issued on 78-year-old Jerry Harper of Cumming. Until yesterday (Sept. 27) Harper was only considered a “person of interest.” That changed when the Georgia Bureau of Investigation charged him with concealment of a body and tampering with evidence.

The two men are believed to be traveling together and were last seen in a white 2000 Ford Explorer license plate PXH 4402.

According to a post on the West Virginia State Police facebook page, Stryker was spotted in Clay County, West Virginia earlier this week. He is considered armed and dangerous and the public is cautioned not to approach.

Stryker’s fiancee Elizabeth Donaldson was arrested this week in Dawson County and charged with concealment of a body.

Authorities have not yet revealed how Ms. Bender was killed or why.

To report information to the Task Force at 1-877-926-8332 or 770-508-2500 or Captain Marcus Sewell with the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s office at 706-974-6824.

 

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GBI makes arrest in Hannah Bender murder case

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has arrested Elizabeth Brooke Donaldson, 21, of Dawsonville. She is charged with tampering with evidence. Donaldson is the fiancee of Austin Todd Stryker, the subject of a nationwide manhunt in connect with the murder of Hannah Bender of Dahlonega.

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Bender’s body was found Wednesday in a partially-wooded, partially pasture-land area on Parks Road in Forsyth County. She was reported missing 11 days ago by her mother Carol Gilreath.

In a press conference Wednesday, Lumpkin County Sheriff said the body was identified by the woman’s tattoos but positive identification will be made following a GBI autopsy. He did not reveal the cause of death.

Jarrard said questions asked by investigators led them to the body. He also said he expects to make other arrests in the case. In addition to Stryker, authorities are searching for 78-year-old Jerry Harper as a person of interest.

Authorities, including U.S. Marshals, are conducting a nationwide search for Stryker and 78-year-old Jerry Harper of Dawsonville. They are believed to be traveling together in a white Ford Explorer with tag PXH 4402.

A post on the West Virginia State Patrol office stated Stryker had been spotted in Clay County, West Virginia this week.

Hannah Bender’s father thanked Jarrard and Investigator Captain Marcus Sewell for their effort to locate his daughter and her killer. He also asked people to stop speculating on social media about his daughter’s death.

Anyone with information is asked to call Marcus Sewell at 706-974-6824.

 

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Update: Missing woman’s body found in Forsyth Co.

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard announced today the body of 21-year-old Hannah Bender, has been found in a partially-wooded, partially-pasture land area off Parks Road in Forsyth County.

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Hannah Bender

Authorities with the Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation were led to the discovery through leads developed during the investigation.

Ms. Bender’s mother reported her missing Sept. 14 and a murder warrant was issued for her one-time boyfriend Austin Todd Stryker, 21, of Dawson County. Authorities also want to talk to 78-year-old Jerry Harper they describe as a person of interest.

Investigators found a black Ford Ranger pickup truck on Monday near where the body was discovered they believe belongs to Harper.

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Austin Todd Stryker

The West Virginia State Patrol Facebook page reports that Stryker was seen in Clay County, West Virginia.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Captain Marcus Sewell at 706-974-6824.

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