Deputies set up checkpoints, continue hunt for Lincolnton murderer

By: Karen Edwards Email
By: Karen Edwards Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, March 15, 2013

LINCOLNTON, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's been about three months since a 75-year-old Lincolnton man was found dead in the woods.

Deputies came back to the neighborhood where it happened in hopes of jogging people's memories as they continue to investigate what happened to Hamp Turner, who was a popular man in the community.

"Lincoln County people are famous for getting behind and helping," said Lincoln County Investigator Jim Wallen.

Which is why deputies teamed up with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to set up this checkpoint off of Highway 230 East.

"It's just a continuation of our investigation into the murder of Hamp Turner that occurred sometime in December," said Sheriff Bruce Beggs.

Turner was 75 years old and a well-liked person in the community.

Deputies found his body on a Saturday afternoon back in December near his home with multiple blunt force trauma to the head.

"We're working on this thing day and night, and we just need a little bit more help and we're going to bring this thing to a conclusion," Wallen said.

Local deputies say this checkpoint for field questioning is all about trying to remind the community about the heinous crime as they continue to piece together all the different parts of this puzzle and try to find out what happened on that Saturday afternoon.

"We're just asking people that travel through here if they witnessed anything -- someone walking on the road, a vehicle parked on the side of the road -- anything that they may have seen, anything that they might have heard," Wallen said.

Anything to that might lead to his killer.

"He didn't bother anyone," Wallen said. "He was just very friendly, he would help you do anything."

"Very sad ... very sad," said Jacquelyn Johnson.

Folks like Johnson are glad to know deputies are still hard at work on a case that stunned the community.

"I think it's great, I think it's very proactive [for them] to go out and maybe catch some people that maybe saw something, but they didn't realize they had seen anything related to the murder," she said.

Since the investigation is ongoing, deputies are not able to give many details, and while there are no official suspects, they do say they've got some serious leads, which is part of the reason they decided to ramp things up.

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