A Dearing man is in custody and charged with murder after authorities in McDuffie County found an Augusta man dead Saturday.
Matthew Thomas Cliett, 29, was arrested about 9 p.m. on Fort Creek Road near Highway 17 in Dearing, McDuffie County sheriff’s Maj. Ronnie Williamson said.
About 3:26 p.m., deputies found a man dead at 250 Moore Ave. after reports of a shooting, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Pat Morgan said. The victim, Andrew James Funderburg, 47, died as a result of a gunshot wound.
Police say Cliett left the scene in an older model red Dodge Dakota, and the truck was found just before 5 p.m. at Hobbs Mill and Radford-Culberth roads.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 Unit assisted in the manhunt.
Staff Writer Travis Highfield contributed to this report.