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March 15-  The GBI is investigating three deaths in Berrien County after sheriff's deputies responded to a vehicle fire early Tuesday morning on Georgia Highway 135 near the Alapaha River near the Atkinson County line.

The bodies of three people were later found and have been sent to the GBI Medical Examiner's Office in Macon for positive identification.

The presumed victims are 27-year-old Ronnie Wayne Hackle, Jr., his 17-year-old sister Mercedes Maelyn Hackle of Chauncy and 22-year-old Bobbie Lynn Moore who was driving the car.

The GBI has made two arrests, 25-year-old Keyanta Greene and 20-year-old Jonathan Douglas Vann of Nashville.

hacklejrRonnie Hackle, Jr. was released from jail last November after he had been locked up for a parole violation.  He had been arrested in Montgomery County in November, 2016 for sale of methamphetamine and for giving false information to a law enforcement officer.  At the time, he gave a Lyons address.  Prior to that, he was indicted in Toombs County in 2015 for theft by receiving stolen property.

His father, 46-year-old Ronnie Hackle of the Ponderosa Road in Lyons, was indicted by a Toombs County grand jury in July, 2015 for manufacturing methamphetamine.

GBI NEWS RELEASES

Nashville, GA - On Friday, March 15, 2019, the GBI obtained arrest warrants for Jonathan Vann and Keyante Greene. Vann was charged with two counts of malice murder for the deaths of Wayne Hackle, Jr. and Bobbie Lynn Moore in Atkinson County, Georgia. In Berrien County, Georgia, Vann was also charged with one count of malice murder for the death of Mercedes Hackle and for arson in regards to the burned vehicle. Greene was charged with two counts of concealing the death of another person in relation to Wayne Hackle, Jr. and Bobbie Lynn Moore in Atkinson County. Greene was also charged with one count of concealing the death of another person in relation to Mercedes Hackle in Berrien County.

Nashville, GA (March 15, 2019) – On Thursday, March 14, 2019, the GBI recovered the remains of the third missing individual.  Kayante Greene, 25, was arrested for charges related to the death of the three individuals.  Efforts are still being made to positively identify the remains.

ORIGINAL RELEASE

Nashville, GA (March 14, 2019) – On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the GBI arrested Jonathan Douglas Vann, 20, of Nashville, in connection to the disappearance of three persons and subsequent death of two of them. The two deceased are not yet positively identified. The third person is still missing.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI to assist with the missing persons investigation following the discovery of a vehicle on fire. On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at approximately 5:30 a.m., the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of a vehicle on fire in the area off Highway 135 at the Alapaha River near the Atkinson County line in Berrien County. As a result of the investigation, it was determined that the car was being used by Bobbie Lynn Moore, 22. Further investigation determined that Moore, Ronnie Wayne Hackle, Jr., 27, and Mercedes Maelyn Hackle, 17, were not responding to attempts to make contact. The GBI, with the assistance of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, Atkinson County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, have since located the remains of two individuals whose identities have not yet been confirmed. The remains are being sent to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Macon, GA, for autopsy and identification. Vann was booked into the Berrien County Jail.

The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office at (229) 686-7071 or the GBI Douglas Office at (912) 389-4103.

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