UPDATE: Richmond County Officers located the suspect for the murder of Elizabeth Thompson and took him into custody.
22-year-old Andrew Dawson is being charged with murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and burglary.
Stay tuned to NewsChannel 6 for more information as this investigation continues.
Update: We spoke with the family, children and grandchildren of Elizabeth Thompson, and they are taking this hard. They did not want to go on camera, but we did ask them if we could help get the word out about a suspect. A relative told us they believe that person is a black man with braids.
Neighbors share concern too and one lady said it may be time to move.
“I said well Lord, you know what? Maybe it is time to go,” Mattie Bokknight said of her neighborhood.
She told us she was shocked to hear about the homicide down the street because her neighborhood had been safe.
She said, “I am rather comfortable in the neighborhood and I never had any real fears around here. A lot of stuff go on around me, but nothing has never really come this close near me.”
Richmond County Sheriff’s Office deputies, the crime scene unit and coroner all worked Tuesday morning as family member and neighbors stood by. Everyone wanted to know what happened to Elizabeth Thompson, of Kennedy Drive. Authorities said someone forced their way into the 82-year-old woman’s home. Deputies found Thompson dead when they arrived. She was blind.
Loved ones said that someone kicked in her back door.
Bokknight added that neighbors can beef up security, but even the nearby church still has issues with an alarm system.
She said, “Aren’t you finding out people are bold and brazen? They’re going to attempt anyway. We have security at our church and several times a month the alarm goes off. I have to get up, run around there and meet police and check the alarm. They have been break ins in the past at the church.”
While it’s been a while since she’s seen her, Bokknight does have fond memories of Thompson.
“I really didn’t know about her life, but I know she took care of her grandchildren,” she recalled. “One of them was a very sweet young man. He graduated from high school and went on and got him a nice job.”
Photojournalist: Troy Robinson
Update: The RCSO is investigating the murder of an 82-year old woman.
When deputies arrived to the 200 block of Kennedy Drive, they found evidence of a possible burglary, and the homeowner, Elizabeth Thompson dead.
The investigation is currently on-going.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706)821-1080 or (706) 821-1020.
Augusta, Ga. (WJBF) – The Richmond County Coroner’s Office is investigating a suspicious death on the 2000 block of Kennedy Drive.
Officials tell us the body was found around 7:30 a.m.
There are five units from the sheriff’s office on the scene. There is no word yet on how the person died.
Stay tuned to NewsChannel 6 for more on this developing investigation.