Former University of Georgia professor George Zinkhan III may have changed his appearance as he continues to elude authorities for more than a week, police said today.
A Georgia Bureau of Investigation forensic artist sketched how the 57-year-old former marketing professor, accused of murdering his wife and two men near downtown Athens, might look if he shaved his goatee or his hair, or both.
Police released the sketches early this afternoon.
Under the circumstances, and especially in this case where a heinous crime was committed, it stands to reason he may have changed his appearance in order to avoid apprehension, said Capt. Clarence Holeman, assistant commander of the Athens-Clarke police Criminal Investigations Division.
I wanted to get the sketches out to the media right now, so people can be on the lookout for him, and be thinking outside of the box that theres another way he might look, minus the beard and the hair, he said.
Police also learned that the 6-foot, 3-inch professor weighs 180-200 pounds, less than the 240-pound estimate authorities at first released.
Authorities across the world have been on the lookout for Zinkhan since April 25, when police said he brought two handguns to a lunch at the Athens Community Theater on Grady Avenue and killed his wife, Marie Bruce, and fellow members of the Town & Gown Players, Tom Tanner and Ben Teague.
A neighbor last saw Zinkhan when he dropped off his two children and took off in his Jeep.
Authorities located the Jeep Thursday night, ditched in a ravine in woods on the Jackson-Clarke county line.
More than 100 law enforcement officers searched about 1,100 acres in the area, and now believe that Zinkhan either fled on foot or left in another vehicle.
Authorities continue to study a cell phone, laptop computer and other belongings Zinkhan left behind in the Jeep.