Richmond County investigators getting the word out

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News 12 at 11, November 21, 2007

Augusta, Ga. --- Richmond County investigators need your help finding a murderer. They were passing out flyers and looking for information leading to an arrest in the murder of 22-year-old Jimmy Quarles. He was found shot in the head in the backyard of an abandoned house on 1st Street Monday.

"We want the violence out of our neighborhood cause we got kids walking around here, it just that simple," Olivia Calles said.

Several violent crimes investigators were canvassing the neighborhood and taking another look at the scene of the crime.

"Our main focus was to get back out in the neighborhood to let the people know were still working diligently on this case to let them know we are aware that a violent act has occurred in their neighborhood and were not going to stop, were not going to rest until we take this person into custody," Sgt. Richard Roundtree said.

Sgt. Richard Roundtree said it's important to get out in the neighborhood and get the word is on the street from neighbors. He said they have had an excellent success rate with the public.

"We have a great partnership. The people of Augusta now are coming forward and providing information to law enforcement. They have a vest interest in their community. They're not going to tolerate the violence and anytime we get out in the neighborhoods the response has been overwhelming," Sgt. Roundtree said.

This is the 24th homicide this year in Richmond County and only the second this year that has not been solved. Investigators said it's still very early on in this investigation, but they have some good leads.

"Right now, we have some productive leads. We don't have the final piece of the puzzle of course right now, but were confident that this case will be solved," Sgt. Roundtree said.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for this murder. If you have have any information call 706-821-1080.

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