Murder mystery: 1992 death of Michael Frails

Time after time, the girlfriend of Michael Frails tried to reach him. Time after time, her attempts were unsuccessful.

 

Finally, as concern mounted on the morning of June 17, 1992, Frails’ girlfriend – who remains unnamed by authorities – called the manager of Richmond Hill West Apartment Complex and asked that someone check Apartment C-5.

When the manager went to the apartment, the door was locked and no one answered. The manager opened the door with his key, and found Frail’s body inside.

“We received a call from the apartment manager to respond to a deceased person,” Richmond County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Ronald Strength told The Augusta Chronicle in 1992. “The victim was found dead with multiple stab wounds.”

Frails, known by friends and family as “Tiny,” is one of four unsolved homicides in Richmond County in 1992.

He was 28 years old.

“We definitely have connected it to some type of drug activity,” Strength said in 1992. “Narcotics were found in the apartment.”

No suspect was ever linked to the stabbing. Frails reportedly had lived alone at Richmond Hill West apartments for about three years.

This summer marked the 24th anniversary of the homicide, and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is no closer to finding the killer.

Frails was an Augusta native, a graduate of T.W. Josey High School and employed by Johnson Control at the time of his death. He was survived by his son, M’Keal, six sisters and three brothers.

WHO: Michael Frails, 28

WHEN: June 17, 1992

WHERE: Richmond Hill West Apartment Complex

INVESTIGATING AGENCY: Richmond County Sheriff’s Office

CAUSE OF DEATH: Multiple stab wounds

HAVE INFORMATION? Call Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1000.

 

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