SPARTA, Ga. — A man with a criminal record in Tampa is charged with murder after law officers found decomposing human remains in at least one bag in Georgia, authorities said.
Christopher Collin Demmon, 33, is in custody in Aiken County, South Carolina, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.
Demmon will be taken to Hancock County, Georgia, where the remains were discovered Friday in the yard of a home there, the GBI said.
It wasn’t known how long the remains had been in the yard, though decomposition had already begun, GBI special agent Mary Chandler told The Telegraph newspaper of Macon, Georgia.
The investigation began Friday evening, when a 911 call led Hancock County sheriff’s deputies to the yard in the small community of Devereaux about 100 miles southeast of Atlanta.
Authorities said they believe Demmon and another person lived at the residence on occasion.
Demmon was already in custody in South Carolina after being arrested several days earlier, The Telegraph reported. His criminal record includes charges of grand theft, burglary and credit card fraud in Hillsborough County. Florida records show that he was released from prison about seven months ago after serving five years for arrests stemming from 2015.
It wasn’t known Monday whether Demmon has an attorney who could be reached to comment on his behalf.
An autopsy was being done on the body. Authorities haven’t released the person’s identity.