(ATLANTA) – After a four-month long manhunt, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s (CMPD) Violent Criminal Apprehension Team, assisted by Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS), and 10 other Federal and State agencies, apprehended two individuals suspected of Felony Child Abuse on July 6, 2023.

GEMA/HS and the Georgia Body Recovery Team (GBRT) responded quickly to a request that was received by the Austell Police Department, on behalf of the CMPD.

“The State of Georgia’s effort to immediately take action shows our readiness in any emergency,” said GEMA/HS Director Chris Stallings. “I’m proud of our team, their dedication and collaboration with other state agencies on this incident.”

GEMA/HS provided a mobile command vehicle, radios with a common operating channel and six support personnel, in addition to the GBRT canine teams. The GBRT Canine Team is a collaborative unit of volunteers that specialize in locating human remains on both land and in the water.  The canine teams are comprised of civilian volunteers and their highly trained canine partners. 

The arrests were accomplished due to a collaborative joint effort involving GEMA/HS, CMPD’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team Unit, the United States Secret Service, CMPD’s Crimes Against Children Unit, Aviation Unit, K9 Unit, Missing Persons Unit, Cyber Crimes Unit, Financial Crimes Unit, FBI Charlotte, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI), Austell Police Department, St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, and FBI Atlantic City. 

The investigation of this case is still active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD’s Public Affairs Office. For more information, please visit https://www.charlottenc.gov/cmpd/News-Resources/Newsroom/Public-Assistance-Requested-Locating-2-Child-Abuse-Suspects.


As part of the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency collaborates with local, state and federal governments in partnership with private sector and non-governmental organizations to protect life and property against man-made and natural emergencies. GEMA/HS’s Ready Georgia website and preparedness campaign provides Georgians with the knowledge needed to effectively prepare for disasters. Go to gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia for information on developing a custom emergency plan and Ready kit.