ATLANTA – The Latest on a Florida priest Rev. Rene Wayne Robert whose body was found dead in Georgia after being reported missing since April 12. (all times local):
Authorities in South Carolina say a man has been charged in connection with a missing Florida priest whose body was found in Georgia.
Aiken County Sheriff's Office Capt. Eric Abdullah released an arrest warrant Wednesday saying that 28-year-old Steve James Murray of Jacksonville, Florida, has been charged with possession of firearm or ammunition by a person convicted of a violent felony, and with receiving stolen goods.
Police say Murray knew the Rev. Rene Wayne Robert of St. Augustine, Florida, and led authorities to the body in woods near Waynesboro, Georgia.
Murray was arrested in South Carolina while driving the priest's Toyota Corolla.
The arrest warrant says Murray possessed several firearms including a double-barrel shotgun, a pump-action rifle and several BB guns. Murray also had jewelry, cash, medication and merchandise that had been reported stolen.
An autopsy is planned in Georgia on remains believed to be those of a missing Florida priest.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the examination is scheduled for Wednesday on a body believed to be that of Rev. Rene Wayne Robert of St. Augustine, Florida.
Police say they have arrested a man who knew the 71-year-old missing priest and led authorities to the body in woods near Waynesboro, Georgia.
Authorities have identified the suspect as 28-year-old Steve James Murray of Jacksonville, Florida. He was arrested in South Carolina while driving the priest's Toyota Corolla, and police are deciding on possible charges.
Police say Robert may have been trying to help Murray, who was recently released from jail.
The priest was reported missing April 12 after not showing up for an appointment.