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Car-jacking Victim's Car Found after Report of Brush Fire

web posted June 10, 2014

MERRIWETHER An Augusta, Georgia man called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report he was car-jacked on Highway 25 near Murphy Village around 5:30 Monday morning. The driver said he saw a man walking and pulled over to offer a ride. The suspect was said to be dressed in all black, wearing black gloves and a black mask.

According to sources, the victim claims the carjacker forced him to drive around several areas in Edgefield County before allowing him to get out of the silver Honda Civic hatchback unharmed. It was then the victim contacted 911 to report the crime hours later while on Republican Road.

Deputies searched the area but were unable to locate the car and placed a BOLO (be on the lookout) across the county and neighboring counties.

Monday afternoon the Merriwether Fire Department was called to a brush fire on Republican Road around 2:30. While fighting the fire the stolen car was found completely burned on a logging road deep in the woods. However, when deputies and investigators arrived on the scene the car was not hot from the fire, leading to the belief the car had been burned much earlier in the day. It was not until the low, slow moving brush fire caused by the burning car reached the roadway where it was reported that it led to the discovery of the car.

The smell of an accelerant, gasoline, was present in the rear section of the car. Investigators processed the scene and also involved US Forestry Investigators due to the intentionally set fire destroying a large area of US Forestry property, which could lead to a Federal charge as well.







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