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Officials identify slain man whose remains were found decaying in a bag in Hancock County

The GBI investigates a homicide after a body was found June 4 in Hancock County.
The GBI investigates a homicide after a body was found June 4 in Hancock County.(WRDW)
Published: Jun. 8, 2021 at 5:05 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 5:24 PM EDT
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DEVEREUX, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Authorities late Tuesday afternoon identified the homicide victim whose decomposing remains were found late last week in a bag outside a Hancock County home.

The victim was identified as Justin Yeng Xiong, 29, of Eatonton.

Suspect Christopher Collin Demmon, 33, is charged with malice murder in the death of Xiong, whos remains were found Friday in a yard along Main Street in Devereux, Ga., an unincorporated community less than 5 miles southwest of Sparta.

By the time the body was found, Demmon was already in jail after being picked up in Aiken County when authorities found him wandering a Beech Island roadway, apparently stoned and making nonsensical statements.

It was days later when Aiken County authorities learned they had a Georgia murder suspect on their hands.

Christopher Collin Demmon
Christopher Collin Demmon(WRDW)

According to an incident report from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Demmon was arrested last Tuesday at 11 Spann Hammond Road.

An Aiken County deputy responded to a report at the scene around 11:20 p.m. and found a vehicle blocking both lanes of the roadway with Demmon walking in the road, according to authorities.

Demmon asked if the deputy “was part of the organization,” according to the deputy.

The deputy saw Demmon was “in an excited state and his pupils to be pinpoint,” according to the report.

Demmon’s erratic behavior, statements and body language were “indicators of narcotics use,” the deputy wrote.

Demmon gave the deputy numerous listed aliases, according to the report.

The deputy arrested Demmon, who was taken to Aiken County jail.

His vehicle was towed.

Then the remains were found Friday at a home on Main Street in Devereux.

GBI Special Agent Mary Chandler said it wasn’t known how long the remains had been in the yard, but decomposition had already begun.

After learning of the remains around 7 p.m., the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office quickly requested assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

GBI agents and Hancock County investigators began interviewing neighbors and people who had knowledge of the incident.

By Sunday, authorities learned their suspect was already in Aiken County jail, where he’d been for days.

The preliminary investigation reveals Demmon and another person lived at the residence on occasion, according to the GBI. The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office lists Demmon as being from Tampa, Fla.

His criminal record includes charges of grand theft, burglary and credit card fraud in the Tampa area. Florida records show he was released from prison about seven months ago.

Positive identification of the victim is pending. The body was transported to the GBI crime lab in Decatur for an autopsy.

The agency said Demmon will be brought to Georgia to face the murder charge.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the GBI’s Milledgeville office at 478-445-4173 or the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at 706-444-6471. Tips can also be submitted by calling 800-597-TIPS, online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the “See Something, Send Something” mobile app.

The Associated Press contributed to this report