Todd Goff, 24, of the 4400 block of Reynolds Street, was taken into custody Saturday after Tiffany Nicole Salter, 22, was found dead in a wooded area behind Goff’s home.
He is being held in the Richmond County jail.
Initially, police said Goff faced a murder charge, the 18th in Richmond County this year.
However, a subsequent e-mail to news media stated charges would await Monday autopsy results from the state crime lab in Atlanta.
According to authorities, sheriff’s deputies and Hephzibah police answered a domestic disturbance call in the 4400 block of Reynolds Street shortly before 7 a.m.
Officers said they found Salter unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at 7:20 a.m. by Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald.
Investigators said they learned Goff had called his mother earlier and told her he and Salter were involved in an altercation and that he had choked her. His mother called 911, deputies said.
Goff scuffled with deputies before being taken into custody, the police statement said.