Statesboro kidnapping, sexual assault suspect found dead of apparent suicide

Georgia News
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A man wanted in connection with a kidnapping and sexual assault was found dead in Metter on Monday from an apparent suicide.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), the agency was requested by the Candler County Sheriff’s Office and Statesboro Police Department to investigate the incidents that occurred in Bulloch and Candler counties.

Preliminary information indicates that on Sunday, Bradley Justin Cochran forcefully entered a vehicle occupied by three females at a grocery store in Statesboro. GBI says he was armed with a knife.

Cochran reportedly forced the females to drive into Candler County where he sexually assaulted two of the females.

The victims were able to flee on foot and Cochran drove off in the stolen vehicle.

Cochran’s body will be taken to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Savannah to determine the official cause and manner of death.

GBI, Candler County Sheriff’s Office and the Statesboro Police Department continue to investigate.

Georgia Southern students received emergency texts and e-mails from the University’s Office of Public Safety during search reading:

This is an emergency alert from the Georgia Southern University Office of Public Safety: 

Statesboro Police Department is investigating a possible OFF CAMPUS abduction that occurred between the time of 9:00 to 9:10pm. The incident took place at FoodWorld parking lot on Fair road. The suspect is described as a White Male with a baseball cap, white t-shirt and khaki shorts with tattoos on both arms and was headed in an unknown direction

Anyone with information should contact Statesboro Police Department at 912-764-9911.

This is an emergency alert from the Georgia Southern University Office of Public Safety: 

Statesboro police department have reported that the victims of the off campus abduction have been located and are safe. The suspect has left the area. Anyone with information should contact Statesboro Police Department at 912-764-9911.

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