Murder suspect caught after 6 hour search through Ga. woods

WOODBINE, GA -- A massive manhunt through Georgia woods and marsh ended with the capture of a man wanted for murder Friday.

The long day for Camden County Sheriff's Office Dep. James Thames began when he was dispatched to mile marker 16 on Interstate 95 around 10:30 a.m. in reference to a possible stolen vehicle.

The vehicle, carrying four people from South Carolina, had run out of gas heading northbound on I-95.

When two Camden County officers arrived one of the passengers, John L. Murphy, 26, jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the woods.

The three other passengers stayed in the vehicle.

The CCSO Bloodhound Tracking Team, which includes a bloodhounds named Moose and Hannya, and Georgia State Police helicopter were called to help with the search.

After a six hour search by seven deputies and the two dogs, Murphy was captured and arrested. Murphy is wanted for murder in South Carolina, according to CCSO. He was charged with theft by receiving stolen property and fugitive from justice.

The driver Chanda A. Bell, 29, told deputies that she and Adam K. Selman, 35, worked for Millie's Bail Bonds out of Anderson, SC. Bell and Selman said they had agreed to make the road trip down to Florida with the two other subjects, Shena R. Floyd, 24 and her boyfriend Murphy of Williamston, SC, according to CCSO.

Bell told deputies that Murphy was possibly a suspect in a homicide in South Carolina. The subjects stories were conflicting upon questioning. The three passengers were charged with theft by receiving stolen property.

All four suspects may also face additional charges in South Carolina and will have extradition hearings.


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