UPDATE: Drusilla Patrick autopsy confirms homicide

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – A new update has come from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) in the case of the murder of Drusilla Patrick.

Completing the autopsy, GBI has confirmed a gunshot wound leading to homicide. Though believed to be Drusilla Patrick, the release states they are still awaiting a formal forensic identification of the body. Though officials are continuing the investigation into her death, another new development came with news of Charles Michael Patrick’s death in custody at the Gilmer County Detention Center.

As reported in the original press release, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, the GBI and Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) executed a search warrant at the Patrick home on Ridgemont Drive in Ellijay, Georgia, which extended into Thursday. On Thursday, human remains believed to be those of Drusilla Patrick were located on the property.

The official release for the completion of the autopsy states:

The autopsy for Drusilla Patrick was completed at the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday, April 27, 2018. The cause of death was determined to be gunshot wound and the manner of death was determined to be homicide. A formal forensic identification of Drusilla Patrick is pending.

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigates Gilmer County in-custody death of Charles Michael Patrick

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – On Friday, April 27, 2018, at approximately 10:15 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was requested by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an in-custody death.

At approximately 10 p.m., Charles Michael Patrick, 72, was found hanging in an isolation cell of the Gilmer County Detention Center.   Patrick was pronounced dead at the scene. Patrick was arrested Thursday, April 26, 2018, for the murder of Drusilla Patrick (see below).

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An autopsy is scheduled for Monday at the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Decatur.

Murder Arrest in Gilmer

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – A joint operation between the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO), the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), and United States Probation Officers culminated in an arrest yesterday of Charles Michael Patrick, 72, of Ridgemont subdivision in Ellijay, GA.

Federal Probation officers were supervising Patrick, according to a GBI press release, when they became concerned about the whereabouts of his wife, Drusilla Patrick. During the ensuing investigation by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office, a request was made for assistance from GBI.

Charles Michael Patrick, 72, was arrested Thursday, April 26, on murder charges for his wife, Drusilla Patrick.

Charles Michael Patrick, 72, was arrested Thursday, April 26, on murder charges for his wife, Drusilla Patrick.

Their press release states, “When the probation officer received information that Charles Patrick re-married unexpectedly, he questioned Patrick about Drusilla Patrick and received conflicting statements.”

The Gilmer Sheriff’s Office states that in addition to Federal Probation, Patrick was being monitored as a registered sex offender by GCSO.

A cooperative investigation by the GBI and GCSO revealed: “Drusilla Patrick was last seen alive between December 2016 and January 2017.” GBI also reports that Patrick had told different people different reasons for Drusilla’s absence and that they were not actually married, having been legally divorced in 1970.

Additionally, Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson noted it was excellent “head’s up police work” by federal probation officers and Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registry Compliance Officer is what led to the solving of a murder and missing person that had never been reported.

According to the GBI:

“On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, the GBI and GCSO executed a search warrant at the Patrick home on Ridgemont Drive in Ellijay, Georgia which extended into Thursday. On Thursday, human remains believed to be those of Drusilla Patrick were located on the property. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday, April 27th at the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Decatur, Georgia.”

The Sheriff’s office reports that Patrick was taken into custody at a local motel without incident on Thursday, April 26, by Sheriff Nicholson, Gilmer County Deputy Sheriffs, GBI Agents, and a Federal Probation Officer.

Nicholson stated, “I can not begin to give adequate praise to Corporal Jason Reed and the federal probation officers.”

Patrick is currently housed in the Gilmer County Detention Center charged with Murder and held without bond at this time. With the investigation continuing and the GBI claiming additional charges could still be forthcoming, officials are not revealing anything further at this time.

Sheriff Nicholson did make one final comment to commend the work of his Detectives and the GBI Region 8 agents for their excellent investigation into a crime that could have very easily never been discovered, much less solved.

Read the official press releases from the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for further information.

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Alleged Murder in Gilmer County

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ELLIJAY, GA – FYN has confirmed an alleged murder in the Big Creek Road area of Gilmer County.

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, FYN confirmed the discovery of one male found dead in the area with gunshot wounds. The male is said to be in his mid 20’s, but officials have not released the victim’s name.

FYN has also confirmed the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is currently investigating the case, though no statement is available at this time.

 

UPDATE: The GBI has issued a statement about the shooting death which can be viewed at “GBI Issues Statement on Shooting Death.”

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Arrest Made in River Hill Shooting

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CHERRY LOG, GA – According to recent information from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation  (GBI), an arrest has been made in relation to the shooting death of Charles Patrick Thurman, 26, of Ellijay.

Brenton Thaddeus Pastuzka, 27, of Ellijay, was arrested earlier today, July 26, on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. The GBI has stated the charges are a direct result of the investigation of the death, but the investigation is still continuing onward.

The GBI’s full news release states:

On Thursday, July 20, 2017 at approximately 4:00 AM, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office to assist with a death investigation. At approximately 3:30 AM, a 911 call for assistance in reference to a shooting was received by the Gilmer County 911 Center. Deputies responded to a location near River Hill Rd. where they found Charles Patrick Thurman, 26, of Ellijay, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. The person responsible for shooting Thurman has been identified. The shooting appears to be the result of a domestic dispute.

On Wednesday, July, 26, 2017, Brenton Pastuszka, 27, of Ellijay, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. These charges were taken as a result of the investigation into the shooting death of Charles Patrick Thurman. Pastuszka was the other person involved in the domestic dispute which resulted in Thurman’s death. The investigation is still ongoing. Upon the completion of the investigation it will be submitted to the District Attorney for review and prosecution.

Check out FYN’s previous information on the Shooting Death in “Alleged Murder in Gilmer County” and “GBI Issues Statement on Shooting Death.”

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Updated: Arrests Made in Abernathy Murder Investigation

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December 28, 2015, at approximately 11:30 pm, Gilmer Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 74 Brook Hollow Circle in reference to a male subject being shot. Upon their arrival, deputies found Andrew Abernathy inside the residence. He had been shot and was deceased.  Gilmer Sheriff’s detectives and agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation responded and began an investigation into the death of Abernathy.

Gilmer County Sheriff Stacy Nicholson releases the following information approximately an hour ago, December 31st 2015.  Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office announced three arrests in the Gilmer County murder investigation, which began Monday night.  The three arrested are as follows:

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-Joseph Ledford of Jasper, Ga, is arrested and is charged with murder and armed robbery.
-Tyler Nunez of Acworth, Ga, is arrested and is charged with murder and armed robbery.
-Justin Heard of Marietta, Ga, is arrested and is charged with murder and armed robbery.

The arrests of these three individuals began around midnight, December 31, 2015.

Sheriff Nicholson states, “I am very happy that we could announce these arrests prior to the end of the year 2015. The joint investigation consisting of Gilmer Sheriff’s deputies/detectives and GBI Region 8 special agents was truly one of the biggest examples of hard work, long hours, excellent police work and, most of all, teamwork that I have ever witnessed in my career. A huge deal of credit belongs to the tremendous assistance of the Pickens Sheriff’s Office, Acworth Police Dept and the Marietta Police Departments.”

At this point, all three individuals arrested remain in jail. The investigation will continue to tie up loose ends and further charges may arise before it’s over.

NO FURTHER INFORMATION CAN OR WILL BE RELEASED AT THIS POINT.  FYN will update as more information becomes available.

Related story:  Investigation into Man Found Dead from Gunshot

Fatal Shooting In Ellijay

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An Ellijay man was fatally shot last night at an apartment complex on 171 Boardtown Road in Ellijay. According to Ellijay Police Chief Larry Callahan, the call was received at 7:03 P.M. last night. The victim, Justin Cowart a white male in his early 20s, was shot by Jennie Marie Taylor, a 29 year old white female. The shooting took place at Ms. Taylor’s residence, when Cowart tried to enter the apartment, Callahan confirmed. (more…)

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Murder Confession a Surprise To Fellow Volunteer

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Donald Bossa was a fairly new member of the Gilmer County Community; however, he and his wife, Barbara, volunteered at various church and non profit organizations, most notably the Build An Ark Animal Rescue whose recent rebuilding effort was boosted by the NY Says Thank You barn raising. The reaction by those who worked along side Donald Bossa was one of shock and surprise, when it was revealed that Bossa had confessed to the murder of Barbara Bossa (more…)

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