GA - Elijah Wood, 23, found shot to death at convenience store, Oconee County, 19 Mar 2021

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  1. cvaldez1975

    cvaldez1975 Well-Known Member

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    hmm 4 hour distance from Oconee Co. GA to Florence, SC. What time of day were the couple found dead in the motel?

    Google Maps

    Maybe murder suicide because the robbery went sideways and got the law on them?
     
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  2. NotALawyer

    NotALawyer Active Member

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    That’s what I was thinking. I couldn’t find a time for the motel.
     
  3. NotALawyer

    NotALawyer Active Member

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    Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office

    Sherrif’s statement

    First of all, I would like to thank all of you for your support and willingness to call in with information. This case has shocked our entire community, and trust me when I say that we are doing everything humanly possible to solve it. We have been touched by your outpouring of love and kindness to Elijah’s family. I also want to assure you that RaceTrac has been extremely supportive of the family and helpful in the investigation in a level that is beyond our expectations.

    We are tirelessly working around the clock with our local, state, and federal partners to follow every lead to its logical conclusion. We are following evidence and facts not chasing theory and conjecture.

    Please understand that we have to protect the integrity of the investigation, and there is evidence and information that has not and will not be released.

    If I may speak plainly to you, baseless theories are not helpful, and quite frankly, there has not been enough information released for anyone to form a logical conclusion.

    Like all of you I am appalled by this heinous act and as a member of our community I want this crime solved as much as anyone. As your Sheriff I promise that your Sheriff’s Office is working as hard as we can to solve this crime!

    Sheriff James A. Hale, Jr
     
  4. Arkark

    Arkark Well-Known Member

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    I think this is a solid lead/ connection! (MOO)
    Not a lot of info on this yet, but according to the FCSO press release, it was 2:30 PM when they arrived to serve the couple with the warrants. (SBM, BBM)

    Florence County Sheriff's Office - South Carolina
    On Friday, March 19, 2021, at approximately 2:30 PM Investigators with the Florence County Sheriffs Office, along with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve multiple felony warrants on two suspects who were located at the Suburban Extended Stay Motel on West Lucas Street in Florence, SC. When Investigators knocked and announced their presence, two gunshots were heard from inside the room where the suspects were located.
    [...]

    Investigators believe the two were responsible for as many as 22 other armed robberies in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
     
  5. Arkark

    Arkark Well-Known Member

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    So, I found a photo of CL with her eyes looking down and made a side by side comparison with the closeup stills released of EW's shooting suspect.

    I am having trouble finding the rules on sleuthing a suspect of another case (22 other armed robberies that have not been listed), that hasn't been officially connected in this case, that is also deceased (presumably by suicide as felony warrants were being served).

    Does anybody know how to get approval on stuff like that? Do I click report on my own post? TIA
     
  6. Wild Rose

    Wild Rose Well-Known Member

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    I think you alert the mod to your own post. Thank you for doing this.
     
  7. Cryptic

    Cryptic Well-Known Member

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    That sums up my impression as well.

    The figure does not have the fuller hips / rear end associated with females. Yet, certain aspects of the individual's running gate, including the short, mincing steps seem to be feminine. I also get the impression that the perpetrator is wearing make up (eyelash treatment / extensions?).

    As for race / ethnicity, the person's apparent complection and physical features seem very nebulous.

    This could support the individual being say "Mediterranean" white, mixed race, a black person with a light complection, as well as say, Indian or Pakistani.
     
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  8. Arkark

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    FYI, I haven't posted it because I failed to note where I found the original photo and I can't seem to find it again to link a source.

    If anyone else wants to look for it, it was a photo of her signing her commitment to Coker, I believe, in a library-type setting.
     
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    Vehicle of Interest

    I’m not sure I see a vehicle.

    “This video shows a vehicle of interest arriving prior to the RaceTrac shooting. The vehicle is seen traveling 441 south, turning right onto Hog Mountain Rd., driving past the RaceTrac, turning right onto Welbrook Rd. and stopping for a period of time before driving away. (The video speed may not be in real time).

    Anyone with information on this vehicle or who may have seen this vehicle in the area of the RaceTrac or parked on Welbrook Rd. on 3/19/21 between 1245 am and 0130 am is urged to contact the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 769 3945.”
     
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  10. cvaldez1975

    cvaldez1975 Well-Known Member

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    what vehicle were lutcken and like in SC driving? ETA cant even tell what type of vehicle that is just that a car went by.
     
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    I happen to know a former Coker athlete who is FB friends with this gal.
     
  12. meldga

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    I'm local and a local podcast called had the sheriff on today. He said the South Carolina potential person of interest had been cleared as not being in the area at the time. The reward has also been increased to $25,000. And a family member on the podcast said Elijah was covering another employee's shift and wasn't originally scheduled to work that shift. Made it sound like the family thinks another employee might have been the target. Not sure if I can link the podcast? The podcast has the interview with the Oconee County Sheriff and brother in law of Elijah. Long time lurker, but almost never post, so thanks for any advice on whether or not this podcast is msm. Thks -

    Oops - and I guess I should say that if it isn't msm, please delete mods! Thks again -
     
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  13. cvaldez1975

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    thank you for the local insight!! well we can put that rumor to bed then.
     
  14. MntnHiker

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    That is very interesting, if he was covering someone else's shift, it's possible the other employee was the target.

    I wonder if the employees at this gas station typically work the same schedule every week? Now, you would think if the shooter themselves knew the other (intended employee) and saw it wasn't that person, they would leave. But perhaps they freaked out because Elijah had already seen them with a gun and shot anyways. OR perhaps they were hired or set up by someone else to commit this shooting and had no idea what the intended victim looked like, just that "They'll be the only person working in the gas station at this time." All MOO
     
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  15. meldga

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    I know. The surveillance video really looks like the killing was the primary goal rather than a robbery, IMO. So, if another employee might have been the target, that opens up a new line of inquiry. I don't know how regular their shifts were.

    It's just so sad. I live about a mile from this Racetrack and go there all the time. I didn't know Elijah, but definitely recognize him. He was always super helpful and funny when I'd take my nephew there for frozen yogurt. Really, really hope they catch this person(s).
     
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    Family posts video (on their public site dedicated to the case) expressing support for the sheriff, but frustration with FBI/GBI. There are some interesting questions about why the local sheriff's hands appear to be tied by the other authorities. (I don't know enough to know if this is unusual or not.)
     
  19. meldga

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    lstiff Well-Known Member

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    This just came up on my FB feed and it eerily reminded me of Missy Bevers. Not likely same perp but similar outfit and car of Interest nearby, IMO
     

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