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GBI asks public's help in solving the killing of Athens banker whose body was found in well

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ATHENS, Ga. — Investigators are asking the public’s help solving the slaying of an Athens banker whose body was found at the bottom of a well.

Jim Fullington, the special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Athens regional office, is asking anyone with information about the death of Charles Stephen Parker to get in touch, according to The Athens Banner-Herald.

Parker’s body was found last February in a well in Oglethorpe County. He had been shot to death.

“We are still working on (the case) diligently and continue to follow up leads and pieces of information and we feel like we have made a lot of progress since the beginning, but we still have a ways to go,” Fullington told the newspaper.

Parker lived in Monroe and worked as a banker in Athens. His family last saw him alive when he delivered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at a church in Lithonia on Jan. 15.

Later that day, Parker went with another man to inspect a piece of land in Madison County, authorities said.

Parker’s wife filed a missing person report with police in Monroe on Jan. 16 after he didn’t return home.

His wallet was found north of downtown Athens. His car and other belongings were later found in Athens.

Some men found Parker’s body at the bottom of a well about 25 miles east of Athens in Sandy Cross on Feb. 20.

Parker had been shot more than once, an autopsy showed. Based on the condition of his body, authorities believe it was in the well the entire time Parker was missing.

“The investigation has not hit a dead end,” Fullington said. “We still have hopes of making an arrest. We have completed dozens of interviews in numerous counties and we still continue to follow up on leads and information.”

He asked anyone who believes they might have information that could help the investigation to call the GBI’s Athens regional office at (706) 552-2309.


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