VALDOSTA — Valdosta police officers have arrested a man believed to be responsible for the murder of Timothy McKinney, whose body was found lying across railroad tracks on Wednesday.
VPD Lt. Aaron Kirk said Friday that police took Terrell Rashaun Rizer, 19, into custody without incident in the 1300 block of Ponderosa Drive. Rizer is currently being held in the Lowndes County Jail on charges of felony murder.
“We have, as of this morning, obtained a full confession from Mr. Rizer,” said VPD Commander Brian Childress.
On Wednesday, McKinney’s body was found by two students walking home from school. The 33-year old Valdosta man appeared to have been shot, and was lying across railroad tracks behind the 1400 block of Baymeadows Drive. Residents in the area reported to police that they heard gunshots in the early morning hours on Wednesday. Police have been actively working the scene and canvassing area neighborhoods for leads in the case, which reportedly led them to Rizer.
“This arrest is not only the result of a tremendous effort by our detective bureau, but also by the community. We had multiple citizens come forward to give us information, which helped get this solved quickly,” Childress said.
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