Sonny Neal named person of interest in NW Ga. double homicide

12:14 PM, May 25, 2012   |    comments
Adolph Ray 'Sonny' Neal (Courtesy WRCB Chattanooga)
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WHITFIELD COUNTY, Ga. -- Wayne Warnack says his 9-year-old neighbor came to his door yelling for help. "She said I can't find my momma and dad and my papaw is dead on the floor."

Investigators found the body of a 27-year-old woman in a pool house on Greensprings Road in the Dawnville community.

Family members identify her as the girl's mom, Jessica Neal. Neal's grandfather, Donald Shedd, was discovered in the kitchen.

"We do have a possible weapon," said Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood. "But it's been undetermined the exact cause of death."

No suspects have been named, but Neal's husband Adolph Ray "Sonny" Neal is missing and has been named a person of interest.

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"They seemed to be the average American family," said neighbor Kim Frye said. "They seemed to be OK."

"Jessica was just one of the sweetest people, and her grandad was the same way," Frye added. "They were the best people to be around."

The Frye family knows the Neals well. The live just down the street.

"We're really good friends," said 8-year-old Lexie Frye, speaking of her 9-year-old friend. "I told her everything bad leads to good things, and everything will get better."

"I can't imagine what that child is going to have to go through," Kim Frye said. "I can't imagine one of my children having to find me or one of their grandparents like that."

The girl is now with family members, as law enforcement searches for the killer.

Police spent the day searching a nearby wooded area by ground and by air.

"Helicopters flying around. State patrol, GBI, and the county just running back and forth up and down the road," said David LaRue, another neighbor.

If you see Sonny Neal, you are asked to please call the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office at (706) 278-1233.

(WRCB Chattanooga)

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