According to Emanuel County Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens, a joint investigation involving the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of 21-year-old Samantha Janes Scott 36-year-old and Randy Lee Scott. Both are charged with Murder and
Concealing the Death of Another.
The charges result after investigators initiated a missing person case after Kenneth Wiley Janes, the father of Samantha Scott, who was reported missing by concerned citizens. Investigators ultimately located the body of a person believed to be Kenneth Janes in a makeshift grave on Friday, March 8th, at the Scott Family Cemetery in northern Emanuel County.
Samantha Scott has an additional charge of Financial Transaction Card Fraud. Randy Lee Scott is also charged with two counts of Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon.
Sheriff Stephens stated that he “certainly regrets the circumstances of the case for the concerned family members of Mr. Janes. I wish to thank the investigators, GBI agents and officers from assisting agencies for their hard work and effort in the investigation of this case.”
District Attorney Hayward Altman offered his condolences to the family of the victim for the loss they have suffered. Mr. Altman also expressed his gratitude for the excellent work conducted by the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, specifically GBI Special Agent Joshua Alford and Chief Investigator Rocky Davis for following up on the initial report of the missing person.
Investigators have been assisted in the case by the District Attorney’s Office for the Middle Circuit of Georgia, the Emanuel County Coroner’s Office and the East Central Georgia Drug Task Force.
Anyone with information helpful to this case is asked to call either of the following agencies: Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 237-7526, GBI Region 12 at (478) 374-6988 or the District Attorney’s Office at (478) 237-7846.
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