UPATOI, Ga. (WRBL) – Three people are dead in what Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan is calling a “brutal death.”
Columbus Police confirm to News 3 that two vehicles were stolen from the residence. The vehicles are a 2014 Volkswagen Beetle, silver in color with a Georgia tag of PLB6099 and a 2004 GMC Envoy, green in color with a Georgia tag of TMR654.
Police confirm that both vehicles have been recovered. The green GMC Envoy was recovered near Cindy Drive and Broadmoor Drive. Both vehicles will be taken to police headquarters for processing.
The people identified are Gloria Short, her son Caleb Short, and her granddaughter Geonia Lindsey.
Bryan can’t say for sure, but said Gloria appeared to be in her 50s, Caleb in his teens and the granddaughter was about ten years old.
According to Bryan, the father found the bodies when he got home from work and they were scattered throughout the house. Bryan confirms to News 3 that the three victims died from blunt force trauma. Bryan would not comment on the manner of death, but did say “footprints of blood” would be examined.
Bryan added that there had been an apparent break-in.
Bryan said it was a “horrible situation” and the first mass homicide he’s seen in three years.
The incident happened in the 3000 block of Bentley Drive in the Cedar Point subdivision, which is located in the Upatoi area of the panhandle.
Their bodies will be sent to Atlanta for an autopsy.