published Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Sonny Neal is No. 1 priority in North Georgia

State GBI agents say they are interviewing all the friends and family of suspected killer Sonny Neal this morning and following up with every lead after he eluded a manhunt last night.

“He’s priority No. 1 in North Georgia,” said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Agent Dan Simms.

Neal, who was spotted walking down Highway 201 toward Varnell Wednesday afternoon, spurred a massive search that lasted most of the night. Tracking dogs, dozens of officers on foot, SWAT teams and a helicopter with infrared cameras participated, but Neal wasn’t found.

Neal is suspected of killing his wife, Jessica, and her grandfather, Donald Shedd, last week then fleeing in what police are calling one of the goriest killings in Whitfield County history.

Police say Sonny Neal is armed and dangerous and if he is spotted called Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office at 706-278-1233.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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