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2 people arrested in connection to Flowery Branch skeletal remains
Body found in woods could be of elderly person from home
Monica Duffie
Monica Duffie

Two people have been arrested in the investigation involving skeletal remains found Sunday afternoon in Flowery Branch, authorities said.

Flowery Branch police searched a home in the 6000 block of Misty Springs Lane on Wednesday with assistance from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The homeowner, Monica Duffie, 42, and her son, Crayg Dykes, 24, were taken into custody, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Duffie faces charges of possession of a schedule IV drug and financial card fraud. Dykes faces charges of tampering with evidence, false statements and obstruction.

Adult Protective Services also removed three elderly men and one elderly woman from the home at the time of the search.

“The Flowery Branch Police Department and the GBI are investigating whether the found skeletal remains could have belonged to a missing elderly person from this residence,” according to the news release.

Bailes said the elderly people removed from the home are not relatives, but she said she could not comment any further on the GBI’s investigation.

A person searching for Native American artifacts discovered the skeletal remains Sunday, Flowery Branch Police Chief David Spillers said previously.

The remains are those of a white man with gray or graying hair. He was wearing khaki pants and a dark blue jacket.

Spillers said Monday there was reason to believe the remains were connected to a missing person’s case in central Florida.

GBI Region 8 Special Agent in Charge Kim Williams declined to comment on the charges or the elderly people removed from the home.

“Right now, our focus is trying to conduct a thorough investigation,” she said. “Also, the crime lab has still got to identify the individual in the woods.”

Further charges are pending, authorities said.

The case is still under investigation.

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