Investigators await autopsy results in death of mom of 2
Body found Aug. 12 near Yellow River
Investigators with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) are waiting for autopsy results before deciding the next steps in the investigation into the death of a woman found near the Yellow River Aug. 12.
According to a press release from NCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cortney Morrison, the body of 27-year-old Kelly Marshall was found last Saturday after deputies responded to a suspicious call in the 200 block of Mt. Tabor Road at about 12:30 p.m. Morrison said deputies immediately notified the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis. She said Davis had the body transported to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
Morrison said the next steps in the investigation are dependent on those results.
NCSO is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Investigator Brent Alexander by phone at 678-625-1442. You can also provide information by contacting the anonymous TIP line at 678625-5007 or newtonsheriffga.org where you can remain anonymous.
Memorials spring up
By Tuesday, memorials to the mother of two had sprung up under the bridge. Among the flowers and balloons was #JUSTICEFORKELLY scratched into the damp dirt adjacent to the banks
of the Yellow River.
Commissioners push for security enhancements under bridge
On Wednesday, Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) Chairman Marcello Banes, along with District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz and District 5 Commissioner Ronnie Cowan met with County Manager Lloyd Kerr under the Mt. Tabor Road bridge to discuss security enhancements to the area.
Schulz, who represents the area where the bridge is, discussed the incident at Tuesday night’s BOC meeting.
“We had a tragedy in my district this weekend, and that tragedy occurred where we have a kayak launch that’s county property or that the county built. We know that for the last two months, at least, there’s been increased activity underneath that bridge and so I believe that it’s time that we as a county take some kind of action at that site, whether it’s to put up fenc- ing, or to put up a gate, but we don’t need to ignore that something tragic happened at that site.” Schulz told The Coving
ton News she has no plans to ask that the kayak launch be closed.
Kerr said that fencing can be erected to limit access to the area up the hill immediately under the bridge and large rocks can be put into place on the ground to prevent vehicles from driving directly under the bridge. He said access to the driveway and parking area, along with the kayak launch would not be impacted.
Commissioner Ronnie Cowan and Chairman Marcello Banes talk with County Manager Lloyd Kerr about securing the bridge.
Commissioner Nancy Schulz talks with County Manager Lloyd Kerr about the bridge.