LCSO seeks the public’s help in closing two unsolved murders

| February 17, 2016
Stephon Edgerton

Stephon Edgerton

VALDOSTA – Investigators with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s help in gathering new information that could help bring a close to two unsolved cases: the murders of Anthony Lamar Davis in 2005 and Stephon Edgerton in 2012.

Davis was 31-years-old when he was fatally shot and his body set on fire in December 2005. A group of motorcycle riders found Davis’s body off Johnson Road near Clyattville in south Lowndes County. Investigators believed they were close behind Davis’s killer; the crime scene was still smoking when they arrived. In the 10 years that have since passed, investigators have not gotten any closer to identifying a suspect.

Edgerton was 40-years-old when he was ambushed by a gunman outside of the studios of radio station WVOG V96 in January 2012. Edgerton used the on-air name “DJ Jaun Gatti” and had just finished a shift. Edgerton was able to dial 911 and told the dispatcher he was shot by a white man wearing a mask. In the four years since, investigators have filled cabinets full of interviews and information but have not come any closer to finding Edgerton’s killer.

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On Wednesday, LCSO Sheriff Chris Prine and Capt. Stryde Jones reached out to the public through a press conference seeking new information about these cases.

“We want to get this information out to the public again to remind the public of it and see if we can garner some public assistance,” Jones said. “With the passage of time, people’s situations change, and we are hoping that somebody will come forward with the information we need to move both of these cases forward and close them by arrest. That’s our goal.”

LCSO investigators have looked into numerous tips provided over the years in both cases.

“Unfortunately, that particular tip we need in either one of these cases has not come forward,” Jones said. “At this point, it is vital. We need that public assistance, and it may be something someone thought was irrelevant at the time. We need that tip.”

Prine said he is confident that his detectives have done everything they can to solve the cases.

“I know someone out there knows someone about these cases that can come forward and help us settle these cases for the sake of the families,” Prine said.

Anyone with information about the deaths of Anthony Lamar Davis or Stephon Edgerton can contact LCSO at (229) 671-2950. Anonymous tips can be provided to (229) 671-2985 or www.lowndessheriff.com.

“The only people more frustrated than us are the families of these victims, and we want to be able to provide those families the closure that they seek every day.”

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