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Arrest made connected with three bodies found in submerged vehicle on Lake Eufaula
Special to the News
Special agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) have arrested and formally charged Demetrius Devonte McGhee, 26, of Clayton in connection to the murder of three individuals found deceased in a submerged vehicle in Lake Eufaula.
The victims were discovered at approximately 7:18 a.m. Monday, April 26.
Law enforcement officers made contact with McGhee, who was released from an area hospital on the evening of April 26. He was charged with four counts of capital murder and transported to a local jail.
When asked why there were four counts against McGhee when only three victims were mentioned, ALEA released the following additional statement, “Based upon the totality of the circumstances and the severity of the crime, Demetrius Devonte McGhee has been charged with four counts of capital murder. As the case continues to develop and more information becomes available, ALEA will share it accordingly. No additional information is available at this time as the investigation is ongoing.”
McGhee is being held without bond, pending a hearing in the Barbour County Court.
SBI has requested the assistance of the Houston County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team to search the area where the vehicle was located for other evidence related to this crime.
SBI would like to thank the Eufaula Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Dothan Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Cuthbert (Ga.) Police Department, Randolph County (Ga.) Sheriff’s Office, Barbour County Sheriff’s Office, Dothan Police Department, and Houston County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance during this investigation.
On Monday, ALEA had initially reported that special agents with the ALEA State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), along with officers from the Eufaula Police Department, were investigating the discovery of three bodies found in Walter F. George Lake. Eufaula PD Officers were called to the scene at approximately 7:18 a.m. Monday regarding a vehicle submerged in the lake.
Once on scene, officers discovered three individuals submerged inside the vehicle and immediately began recovery efforts. SBI joined investigation efforts at the request of Eufaula Police Chief Steve Watkins.
On Monday it was reported that both agencies were working to confirm the identities of the victims, who were believed to be residents from out of state.
It was later revealed that the victims were a woman, Remona Hudson, and two children, all from Cuthbert, Ga., about 25 miles away from Eufaula. The names of the minors were not released.
Nothing further was available as of press time as the investigation remains ongoing.