2 bodies found in burning pickup in rural Georgia county


UPDATE (AP) 04/15/2021 – Officials have charged a man with murder in the deaths of two Georgia men whose bodies were found burning in a pickup truck east of Griffin.

The Spalding County sheriff said Erik Eduardo Cabrealopez was captured at midday Thursday in Atlanta and is charged with murder and other crimes.

He has been jailed in Spalding County.

Dix says investigators believe the two dead men are 29-year-old Joshua Wyatt and 36-year-old Carlos Benford.

Both were reported missing from a neighboring county on Sunday.

The sheriff says the men left to discuss a business deal with a Hispanic man and weren’t heard from again.

GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — Two bodies were found Tuesday inside a burning pickup truck in a rural Georgia county.

Emergency crews were called to a turnoff into a wooded area just after 1 p.m., the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office said. After firefighters put out the blaze, the bodies were found inside the extended cab pickup truck, WAGA-TV reported.

“We are treating this as a homicide. All indications are that that’s what this is,” said Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix.

The identities of the deceased have not been released. The cause of death has not been determined.

The incident remains under investigation.

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