Search warrants reveal gory details in murder of 3 family members in south Augusta

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Ryan Jones (WRDW-TV)
Ryan Jones (WRDW-TV)

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- The search warrants reveal gory details in connection to a triple murder that happened in south Augusta last month.

Investigators say Ryan Jones shot his mother and father, Edna and Roosevelt Jones, and his brother, Russell Jones, before burning their bodies in the woods.

Jones was indicted last week. His charges were increased to six counts of murder and three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The six murder charges are made up of three malice and three felony counts. Jones is set to undergo a mental evaluation within the next few months.

The bodies were first discovered when the Richmond County Fire Department was called to a woods fire in an undeveloped section of Walton Farms subdivision near Deer Chase Elementary School.

The search warrant reads, "After extinguishing the fire, the fire department discovered three human bodies that had been burned and partially dismembered."

Investigators noted there was a dolly, an ax, a hacksaw and a short-bladed wood saw close to where the bodies were found.

After the bodies were found, an investigator received a call from son Steve Jones, requesting a well-being check at his family's home on Pinnacle Drive.

According to the report, Steve Jones got in touch with his brother Ryan Jones, who, after being told the Sheriff's Office was being contacted, said he hadn't seen their parents.

When investigators searched the home, they found "large amounts of blood" all over, including on a freezer.

"An experienced law enforcement officer could tell multiple murders occurred in the residence," reads the search warrant.

The three family vehicles were also searched.

Investigators have not released a motive in the case at this time.

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