Winder police stopped short of confirming that the body belonged to missing mother of four Tonya Faye Lynn, but they charged her husband -- already in jail for lying to police -- with murder.
"This family is known to us. Mr. Lynn was arrested on a family violence battery charge in May," said Winder police public information officer Chris Cooper. "We have had dealings with this family.
"They didn't have a solid marriage. Both of them had been seeing other people; they had separated before."
Still police didn't have any evidence of foul play when the family reported 38-year-old Tonya Lynn missing Wednesday.
A female relative received a cryptic text message that day from Lynn's phone requesting that she take care of the children. When the relative tried to call back, Lynn's phone was turned off, but she found Lynn's abandoned Chevrolet Tahoe at a local library a few hours later.
Winder police worked through the night Thursday interviewing friends and family, including Lynn's husband, James Morris Lynn Jr., 42.
"He was cooperative in that (first) interview, but we were able to determine that the information he gave us was false," said Cooper.
James Lynn was arrested on an obstruction charge and later murder, after authorities found what they believe to be Tonya Lynn's body in a well in Auburn on Friday.
The woman's body was 20 to 30 feet down in a well just off Etheridge Road in Western Barrow County.
From 4 p.m. into the early evening, authorities worked to extract the body and send it to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for identification and autopsy.
Cooper wouldn't say exactly what led police to the property, but said investigators continued to interview James Lynn through the day Friday.
Tonya Lynn worked at Athens Regional Medical Center as a cardiovascular-pulmonary technician, according to police.