Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

July 22, 2009

Teen found dead

Authorities work possible homicide

VALDOSTA — A dead body was discovered in the back yard of a Bunche Street residence Wednesday afternoon.

Valdosta police have a “person of interest” in the case.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Valdosta police answered a call that a dead African-American female had been discovered in the back yard of the 1029 Bunche St. residence, said Valdosta Police Cmdr. Brian Childress.

The young woman is 17 years old, and she lived at the Bunche Street address, Childress said. Authorities released no further information regarding an identity.

However, she was believed to be in a relationship with a 21-year-old boyfriend, police said. This boyfriend was the person of interest being questioned by police Wednesday evening. Neither his name nor the girl’s name had been released by press time.

The 17-year-old’s cause of death had yet to be determined, but police were treating the case as a homicide until proven otherwise.

Approximately a dozen Valdosta police cruisers and detective vehicles lined the street as police officers and investigators worked the scene.

The city’s mobile crime unit arrived to offer officers and investigators relief from the 90-plus-degree afternoon temperatures. The mobile crime lab’s raised camera gave officers new perspectives on the crime scene and neighborhood.

Police had yellow-taped the yard around the bright-blue Bunche Street residence. Yellow, numbered markers dotted potential evidence on a side yard by the residence’s carport. Three vans with handicapped tags were parked on the residence’s property within the confines of the police tape.

One of these vans contained a woman and at least one small child. Police talked with the woman and appeared to hand her children’s clothing from the residence at one point.

A pre-schooler’s multi-colored wagon was overturned in the front yard. A colorful child-sized picnic table sat in the back yard, visible from the street. A regulation-size, portable basketball hoop towered beside the residence’s driveway.

Text Only
Local News
  • Brown Johnson Solis Cardiovascular Surgeons.jpeg Cardiac, Vascular, Thoracic & Endovascular Surgeons Join South Georgia Medical Center

    The three surgeons will operate a full-time medical practice and professional office named the SGMC CardioVascular Institute.  The medical office, which is located in Suite 230 of the Professional Building which is adjacent to SGMC, will be open 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140729-Gas_Leak002.jpg Roadway closed after second gas line break

    For a second day in a row, workers from Valdosta’s Utilities Department struck a natural gas service line causing a leak that shut down a portion of Forrest Street, officials said.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • dump truck arrest photo.jpg Deputies nab stolen dump truck suspects

    The search for suspected dump truck thieves ended Tuesday afternoon with the arrest of two men in the same area officials searched extensively Monday.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bears sighted on Baytree

    A pair of bear sightings along Baytree Road this week could indicate a growing black bear population in Lowndes County.

    July 30, 2014

  • Johnson family files second suit against school

    Two months after filing a civil suit against Lowndes County Schools, Kendrick Johnson’s parents have filed a second suit against the school system which again claims that negligence and bullying led to their son’s death.

    July 30, 2014

  • Teachers Harvest

    With students and teachers returning to the classroom in the coming days, the need for school supplies is at the top of numerous priority lists. For teachers, this often means spending their money to ensure classrooms are fully stocked.

    July 30, 2014

  • Lake Park holds millage rate hearings

    Lake Park City Council held two public hearings Tuesday to discuss raising Lake Park's millage rate from 5.052 to 6.552, an increase of 1.5.

    July 30, 2014

  • 140729_celebritywaiter004.jpg Celebrity waiters raise $14,000 for CAC

    For local leaders, wearing aprons, counting tips and taking drink orders is quite the change from their day jobs. When it's for a good cause though, these “celebrities” didn't mind stepping out of their comfort zones to help.

    July 30, 2014 4 Photos

  • Jim Zachary Mug shot.jpg Zachary named The Valdosta Daily Times’ editor

    Veteran newspaper editor Jim Zachary has assumed the editor’s chair at The Valdosta Daily Times.
    During the past two decades Zachary has been one of the most decorated community newspaper journalists in Georgia and Tennessee.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-griner001.jpg Griner takes oath

     Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow commissioners, Clay Griner took the oath of office Monday morning as the Lowndes County Super District 5 commissioner.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results