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August 31, 2009

Man arrested after reporting 7 dead in Ga. mobile home

The man who reported the slayings of seven in a Georgia mobile home faces charges of lying to police and tampering with evidence, and authorities said Sunday they haven't ruled him out as a suspect in the killings.

The man who reported the slayings of seven in a Georgia mobile home faces charges of lying to police and tampering with evidence, and authorities said Sunday they haven't ruled him out as a suspect in the killings.

The killer was not among the dead found Saturday, or the two people critically injured, said Glynn County police Chief Matt Doering, who said police have not spoken to the two hospitalized.

Guy Heinze Jr., 22, was arrested late Saturday and also faces charges of illegal possession of prescription drugs and marijuana, said Doering.

“He was a family member who came home and discovered (the victims), at least that's what he told us,” Doering said.

Asked whether Heinze was involved in the slayings, Doering said: “I'm not going to rule him out, but I'm not going to characterize him as a suspect.”

Police have not released the names of victims, some in their teens, or said how they died. The home is on an old plantation, nestled among centuries-old, moss-draped oak trees in coastal southeast Georgia.

“We just simply don't have a lot to go on,” Doering said. “I'm not going to tell people not to be cautious. Until we know exactly what happened and who did it, that's not going to change.”

The chief said police know what happened, but not who committed the slayings or why, saying “it's not a scene that I would want anybody to see.”

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation began autopsies Sunday.

Investigators spent a second day Sunday scouring for new evidence at the home, where an old boat sat in the front yard. Officers on all-terrain vehicles searched roadsides within two miles of the mobile home park for evidence, without success.

The 1,100-acre mobile home park is all that remains of a Crown grant made in 1763 to Henry Laurens, who later succeeded John Hancock as president of the Continental Congress in 1777.

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