Arrested for murder was Stacey Demar Gray.
Gray is the suspect in the murder of 25-year-old Renee Eldridge.
Reports say Eldridge died of blunt force trauma to the head. Her body was found in a creek where it had apparently been dumped from a bridge by the killer.
The murder occurred in Alabama July 4, 2015 near Columbus, Georgia. The capture was reported July 14, 2015.
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Authorities have released new details in the murder investigation involving a previously missing Columbus woman.
After arresting Salem man Stacey Gray after a 10-hour manhunt on murder charges, officers released the deposition containing the circumstances surrounding the disappearance and murder of Renee Eldridge.
The deposition says the murder occurred at approximately 3 a.m. on July 4 in the 1300 block of Hopewell Road in Valley. Eldridge’s family first reported that Renee went missing on July 4.
Three days later on Tuesday, July 7, Valley police officers found the body of a female they later identified as Eldridge. Eldridge’s body was found in Osanippa Creek in Chambers County. An autopsy done by the Department of Forensic Science Medical Examiner’s Office says Eldridge died of blunt force trauma to the face and head.
Renee was last seen by friends at her house the morning of July 4th after her sister says she went to hang out at Acer’s Grill & Bar, where she worked for a few months. Renee’s former co-worker and family friend, Vincent Jones, says Gray was at the bar the night Renee went missing and had also been to Renee’s house where she lives with her mother, Nancy. Jones says Gray and Renee were friends and had no other relationship.
Valley investigators, along with Columbus and Russell County officials, gathered enough evidence to name Gray as a suspect in the homicide. One man recognized a vehicle at the scene of the crime similar to Gray’s brother Willie’s black SUV. After obtaining a search warrant, investigators looked inside the vehicle to find blood evidence. Investigators also received surveillance video that showed Gray’s vehicle near Eldridge’s home after she was last seen by friends.
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