Originally created 01/31/05

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Thunderbolt woman remains missing

SAVANNAH - Cindy Lynch needed help.

The 42-year-old beautician had turned to alcohol instead of her husband, Chet Lynch, officials said.

Now, Mr. Lynch believes his wife might have been intoxicated and slipped into the river on the night she disappeared.

Police have spent the past 11 days searching the Wilmington River and the tiny town of Thunderbolt for Mrs. Lynch.

The missing mother was last seen Jan. 18 at the Thunderbolt Marina, where she lives aboard a yacht with her husband. She was last seen in the marina parking lot at about 11 p.m. by a security guard.

Her husband reported her missing the next day.

On Wednesday, police will bring in a nationally renowned sonar expert to search the river.

Father is accused of stealing Ritalin

CORDELE - When Tonya Moudy called police to report that someone had tampered with her child's medication, she likely didn't realize it would get her husband thrown in jail.

After receiving the call early last week, police discovered that the capsules of Ritalin prescribed to Mrs. Moudy's daughter were emptied and replaced with sugar.

Ritalin is often used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, but in adults, it works more like an amphetamine.

Police later arrested Jay Moudy, 31, and charged him with theft by taking, cruelty to children and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, according to a news release from the Cordele Police Department.

Jury convicts man in housekeeper's death

WOODBINE - A Brunswick man has been convicted in the 2001 fatal shooting of a motel housekeeper who had been accused of stealing cash and drugs from his room.

A Camden County jury found 26-year-old Gregory Walker Jr. guilty of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in the death of 23-year-old Janeika Aleisa Murphy.

He could be given the death penalty at his sentencing.

According to witness testimony, Ms. Murphy was working at the Howard Johnson Motel in Brunswick on June 9, 2001, when she used her universal key to enter Mr. Walker's room and steal cash and drugs.

When Mr. Walker concluded that Ms. Murphy was the culprit, she was abducted from her home and shot in the head seven times, prosecutors said.

Retiree killed wife, himself, police say

SAVANNAH - A retired engineer apparently killed his wife and then drove to his son's Wilmington Island home, where he committed suicide Saturday afternoon, police said.

Detectives are waiting for autopsies on Charles Edgar Sinclair and his wife, Dorothy Sinclair, to find out more details about the couple's deaths, authorities said.