Breaking News

Local News

May 30, 2012

911 call — ‘Somebody had killed him’

Investigator: Weapon or weapons found at scene

The investigation into a double homicide early Thursday morning in the Dawnville community indicates the alleged murders probably took place between midnight and 5 a.m., Capt. Rick Swiney with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office said on Tuesday.

“We recovered what we believe to be the murder weapon or weapons at the scene,” he said of the investigation that began soon after a 911 call at 7 a.m. The cause of death has not been released by the state crime lab, and the sheriff’s office is not saying what weapon or weapons were found.

Jessica B. Neal, 27, and Neal’s grandfather, Don William Shedd, 69, were pronounced dead at the scene at 1200 Green Springs Road. Neal’s husband, Adolph Ray “Sonny” Neal, 49, was still being sought Tuesday evening on an arrest warrant for the murders of Jessica Neal and Shedd.

Swiney said neighbors and phone records helped investigators set the window for when the killings occurred.

“The neighbors seeing someone at the residence or seeing them,” he said when asked about the timeline, “(plus) phone calls being made, texts being made and the condition of the bodies when they were discovered around 7 a.m.”

Swiney said the phone calls and the texts that were checked were from the victims.

“We’re still gathering information and interviewing people and following leads, but nothing has panned out to (Neal’s) whereabouts yet,” he said. “We’re looking here locally, and got some places in surrounding counties we’re checking out. We have a nationwide lookout, too, with the U.S. marshals and FBI also involved helping us check out some out-of-state locations.”

911 call

The recording of a call that was made to Whitfield County 911 early Thursday morning reveals a 9-year-old girl searching her neighborhood to find someone to help her after she found her great-grandfather lying in a pool of blood in her home.

Wayne Warnack, a Green Springs Road resident who lives around the corner, said the girl knocked on his door.

“Yes, ma’am, a little girl has come to my house, I live on Green Springs Road in Dawnville,” said Warnack when a dispatcher asked him what his emergency was. “She said she needed some help, her papaw was dead laying on the floor. She’s just a small girl.”

The dispatcher asked Warnack if he had been to the girl’s home.

“No, we were walking over that way,” he replied. “I didn’t know if that’s what I needed to do or what.”

The dispatcher told Warnack, “That’s totally up to you.”

“If you feel comfortable doing that, you can,” she continued. “We’re going to send the law enforcement, ambulance and fire department.”

After Warnack gives a description of the house and the cars in the driveway, the dispatcher asks him the girl’s age.

“How old are you?” he asks, and then reports, “She’s nine years old.”

The dispatcher gets the girl’s name and then asks, “No one else is home with her?”

“Somebody knocked on my door and she was out in the road hollering for somebody to come out and help her, so I come out to see what was wrong,” Warnack said. “I didn’t know whether to go in the house — she said somebody had killed him. I don’t know. She don’t know what’s happened, I don’t think.”

“She said someone had killed him?” the dispatcher asks.

“She said her mom and dad disappeared and they’re not there, she don’t know, said their car’s still here,” Warnack responded.

“Can you ask her how they killed him?” the dispatcher queries.

“She doesn’t know,” Warnack said, questioning the girl. “She was asleep, ma’am.”

“Did you see him laying in the floor?” the dispatcher asks.

Warnack repeats the question and the girl answers.

“He had blood all over him,” Warnack relays to the dispatcher, then begins to speak to the girl, telling her help will be there in a few minutes and asking her the name of the dog she is holding.

“I’m just trying to calm her down, she’s got a little dog,” he tells the dispatcher.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Longtime Dalton business Green Spot to close

    Larry Green says he made the decision more than a year ago.

    July 29, 2014

  • Kiwanis Club3.jpg Kiwanians get a lesson in money and banking

    Money.
    It makes it easier for us to buy and sell goods and services. It is the measure by which we judge the relative value of those goods and services, and it allows us to “store value,” by placing it away and using it when we need it.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sheriff: Inmates don’t ask to vote

    In his 21 years of service, Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood said inmates have never asked for the opportunity to vote.

    July 28, 2014

  • Little library 1 mlh.jpg Little Libraries, big goal

    Whitfield County just received a new library.
    And better yet, 26 more are on the way to the region.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Picture 3.jpg Rock solid

    A great number of things have come and gone since 1974.
    One that hasn’t: a small Dalton school founded by parents wanting a unique learning environment for their children.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vann House Day '14 6 mlh.jpg History comes alive at Vann House

    SPRING PLACE — In the early 1800s, the 1,000-acre plantation belonging to Cherokee Indian leader James Vann was a bustling place.

    July 26, 2014 5 Photos

  • Local officials agree with Deal

    Regarding news last week that approximately 30 unaccompanied minors from Central America, who had crossed the southern border into the United States, were sent without warning to Dalton last year and enrolled in Dalton Public Schools, Republican politicians representing portions of Murray and Whitfield Counties agree — state and local school officials deserved to know in advance, they say.

    July 26, 2014

  • Former chamber location 2 mlh.jpg Plan could cut flooding, stormwater damage in Dalton

    On a recent day, McClellan Creek flowed gently through Harlan Godfrey Civitan Park. But some park goers who live near the area say that even a mild rain can turn the creek into a torrent that eats away at their property.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Civil War anniversary: The Battle of Crow Valley, May 9-12, 1864

    The Atlanta Campaign began during the first two weeks of May 1864 in and around Dalton. Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s strategy was to target two of his armies, about 80,000 men, against Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s Army of Tennessee at Dalton. Then, while Johnston’s attention was diverted by these forces, he would secretly send his third army, about 25,000 troops under Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, in a flanking movement to the southwest through Snake Creek Gap. Sherman’s goal was to break Johnston’s railroad supply line some 15 miles south at Resaca and trap Johnston’s Confederates in Dalton.

    July 26, 2014

  • New church being  built mlh.jpg Church construction continues

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo