Two bodies found buried in a yard believed to be missing children
The Effingham Sheriff's Office made a horrific discovery when they found two bodies in the backyard of a Guyton neighborhood.
Earlier this week, the Sheriff's Office received a tip that Mary Crocker, 14, was missing. The person believed she might be dead.
Deputies investigated on Wednesday night after 10 p.m. They visited Mary's residence at the 400 block of Rosebud Place.
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BREAKING: Here are 2 of three people in custody. Father Elwyn Crocker Sr and step mom Candice Crocker. Bodies are believed to be 14-year old Mary Crocker and Elwyn Crocker Jr (not seen since ‘16; would be 16 today) @WTOC11 #EffinghamCounty pic.twitter.com/iXa7EiKAci— Wright Gazaway (@WrightKATU) December 20, 2018
Police spoke to three adults in the home. They all claimed that the young girl was visiting her real mother. Mary had disappeared since October.
The deputies spoke to Elwyn Crocker, the girl's father, his wife Candice Crocker, and Kim Wright, Candice's stepmother.
Elwyn gave the police probable cause to search the house. Soon, they arrived at the backyard to find two bodies buried in the earth.
This is Mary and Elwyn Crocker jr. Deputies say they are the two children found buried near their home. Their father, stepmother and step grandmother are now being detained and questioned in their deaths. It was a gruesome story that unfolded in Effingham County today@WTGSFOX28 pic.twitter.com/EgVDV8iiw6— Robert Catanese (@Robert_Catanese) December 21, 2018
Elwyn, 49, Candice, 33, and Wright, 50, were all arrested and charged with concealing the death of an individual and cruelty to children in the first degree.
One of the bodies is believed to be 14-year-old Elwyn Jr, who disappeared back in November 2016. Authorities are awaiting autopsy results of the bodies to confirm their identities.
A special needs child was found alive in the house as well. Authorities took him to the Division of Family and Children Services for observation. None of the children were reported missing at any point.
Bodies of 2 children found buried behind house in Effingham; family members arrested https://t.co/dAMQm5bbgK— Savannah Now (@SavannahNow) December 21, 2018
Jimmy McDuffie, Effingham County's Sheriff, described the situation:
“I’ve been doing this 41 years, and a while ago I almost broke down in tears. It’s that bad. I just -- I cannot understand how you do children like this. It’s horrible.”
McDuffie claimed that the details of the crime were of a "horrendous" nature. As such, it remains confidential.
Coroner David Exley expressed similar sentiments:
“This is a very horrendous crime. Children tug at our heartstrings all the time and we hate to have anything happen. When there are people that know something or see something, they should report it.”
Officials are reaching out to the girl's biological mother in South Carolina.
Followup to a story we covered in North Carolina: Police now confirm Maddox Ritch was in fact at Rankin lake the day he disappeared.— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) October 7, 2018
He had autism.
He was found dead 6 days later, about 1 mile from the lake.
He was was buried Friday.
Maddox was 6.https://t.co/ImUcwulDig
Back in September, a North Carolina boy was found dead in Long Creek, Gastonia after he disappeared from Rankin Lake Park.
The boy's father was watching him and claimed he took off after a jogger. Another parkgoer denied seeing the six-year-old boy.
As such, mystery surrounds the boy who has autism. Both parents expressed their grief on social media following the discovery.
Boy's body found in North Carolina creek confirmed to be Maddox Ritch. https://t.co/Vwn17UpL7E— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 2, 2018
And an elderly lady was declared missing today as the police seek assistance from the public.
Delores Eriksen left her home on the 6200-block of West 129th Street in Palos Heights early Thursday morning. At 3:45 p.m., she called her daughter and told her she might be lost.
The elderly woman is white, stands at five feet, two inches, and weighs 135 pounds. She wears short gray hair and glasses. She has brown eyes.
Eriksen was last spotted in a short blue coat and carrying a black purse. Her vehicle is a 2012 Ford Focus painted light green. The Illinois license plate reads AAE29.
She was last seen close to 129th Place and Ridgeland Avenue on her way to Evergreen Park. Persons with information should call the sheriff's office at (847)-294-4733.
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