In­ves­ti­ga­tors await au­topsy re­sults in death of mom of 2

Body found Aug. 12 near Yel­low River

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DARRYL WELCH

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.

Darryl Welch | The Cov­ing­ton News

Com­mis­sioner Ron­nie Cowan and Chair­man Mar­cello Banes talk with County Man­ager Lloyd Kerr about se­cur­ing the bridge.

Photos by Darryl Welch | The Cov­ing­ton News

Com­mis­sioner Nancy Schulz talks with County Man­ager Lloyd Kerr about the bridge.

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