Originally created 07/11/01

Son held in man's slaying

A Toombs County man reportedly told police he killed his father and dumped the body into a creek before moving into his house.

John A. Slywka, 24, confessed Friday to killing Rostylan Slywka, 55, in May, according to Toombs County Sheriff Alvie Lee Kight Jr. Mr. Slywka was arrested Friday and has been charged with murder.

On Tuesday, members of dive teams from several counties, including Burke, were searching a swimming area in the Ohoopee River in Emanuel County.

Divers from Emanuel and Treutlen counties sheriffs' offices and the Burke County Emergency Management Agency have searched in vain for the body since the weekend.

"Our problem is, we think he was disposed of in May, and we have had rain and high water since then," said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Assistant Special Agent Greg Harvey.

In addition, alligators have been known to inhabit the dark, muddy waters of the slough, Agent Harvey said.

Mr. Slywka reported his father missing July 1 after police questioned him about the older man's whereabouts.

Subsequent investigation indicated his father was killed May 20 at his Gibson Road residence six miles south of Lyons. The body was then dumped into a backwater slough of the Ohoopee River, authorities said.

The father and son had a history of hostile relations. A friend of Rostylan Slywka became suspicious and alerted police when the man disappeared and his son and daughter-in-law showed up and took possession of his house, vehicle and other property, Agent Harvey said.

Mr. Slywka initially told police his father had gone to California, Sheriff Kight said.

Associated Press reports were used in this article.

Reach Sylvia Cooper at (706) 823-3228 or sylviaco@augustachronicle.com.


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