August 31, 2009 in Nation/World

Eighth person dies in Georgia slayings

Russ Bynum Associated Press

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – An eighth person died Sunday from grievous wounds suffered in an attack at a Georgia mobile home, with police acknowledging they didn’t know if the killer was on the loose.

The latest casualty was one of two people hospitalized after they were discovered along with seven bodies in the same home Saturday morning in Brunswick, said Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering. Nineteen-year-old Michael Toler lived in the home and is the first and only victim police have named.

Doering would not say how the eight were killed and would only say they ranged in age from teenagers to adults. A ninth victim was hospitalized Sunday in Savannah. Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information, with Doering saying, “We need help.”

Police have arrested one man – a family member who lived in the mobile home and called 911 to report the attack, police said. Guy Heinze Jr., 22, faces charges of tampering with evidence, lying to police and illegal possession of prescription drugs and marijuana. He was jailed Sunday.

Asked if Heinze was involved in the slayings, Doering said: “I’m not going to rule him out, but I’m not going to characterize him as a suspect.”

The killer was not among the dead or the last survivor, according to Doering.

Police have released few details about the slayings. Police have refused to say if the victims were related or give a possible motive.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was conducting autopsies on four of the victims Sunday.

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