Glynn County offers $25,000 reward in murders of eight

Monday, Aug 31, 2009 8:25 AM
Last updated 9:50 AM
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The grim death toll in Saturday’s massacre at a Glynn County mobile home park reached eight, leaving one lone survivor and a community unsure whether a mass murderer is in its midst.

Michael Toler, 19, died about noon Sunday, said Capt. Marissa Tindale, head of the detectives division with the Glynn County Police Department.

Shortly after Mr. Toler's death was made public Sunday, Police Chief Matt Doering announced a $25,000 reward “for the arrest of the person or persons responsible for one or more of these deaths.”

Asked what the county-funded reward means in terms of the investigation, he said, “What does the $25,000 mean? It means we need help.’’

In a frantic 911 call to police, released Monday, a relative of the victims screams "My whole family is dead!"

Glynn County police released the 911 recording Monday morning. On the call, a weeping 22-year-old Guy Heinze Jr. says he found the victims when he came home Saturday morning. He says it looks like they were beaten to death.

Heinze said his father, uncle and cousins were among the dead. He also pleads with a 911 operator to send help for one of two survivors whose face is "smashed in" but is still breathing.

On Sunday, the police chief warned jittery residents: “Be aware. Be alert. Don’t think it’s OK, because it ain’t.”

Doering again said that police have no specific suspect and that officers would resume searching for evidence today.

“Someone without a doubt walked into that house and killed them. Yes, it could be more than one suspect,’’ Doering said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Savannah crime lab has completed autopsies on four of the bodies and Doering said he was unsure when all will be completed.

Michael Toler is the son of Russell “Rusty” Toler, according to a woman who knows the family and who once managed the New Hope Mobile Home Park where the family lived. The woman and a law enforcement source told the Times-Union that Rusty Toler was also killed.

Three of Rusty Toler’s other children also died in the attack, the woman said. The Times-Union is not identifying the other children because their names have not been confirmed.

Grief counselors will be available Monday at Needwood Middle School, where Toler’s 15-year-old daughter, Michelle, is enrolled as an eighth-grader.

School Superintendent Howard Mann said he didn’t know the girl’s fate, but grief counselors and support personnel will be available today for Needwood’s students and staff.

The only survivor is a young boy in critical condition, said both a member of his family and the woman. The boy is Rusty Toler’s grandson.

About 10 miles north in Eulonia, many of Rusty Toler’s extended family were gathered at the home of Elease Davis. A law enforcement officer described her as Rusty Toler’s former mother-in-law and grandmother of at least some of his children.

A man at Davis’ home, who declined to identify himself, said she was at the hospital in Savannah where survivors were being treated.

He also said the older one, whom he declined to name, had died at 12:33 p.m. The man said police have not told them who was in the mobile home. “They haven’t told us anything, but we know,’’ he said.

Doering has been tight-lipped about details in the case, refusing to release the causes of death or the names of the seven other victims, saying he wanted to wait until they were positively identified through autopsies.

Because of the severity of the injuries, their identities and manner in which they were slain could not be readily determined, County Coroner Jimmy Durden said.

Earlier in the day Sunday, Doering said Guy Heinze Jr., the man who called 911 on Saturday to report someone had killed his family, was charged with tampering with evidence and obstructing police, along with drug possession charges.

Heinze, 22, is the son of Guy Heinze Sr., who died in the attacks, according to John Bryant, the elder Heinze’s brother-in-law.

Bryant, 51, of Illinois told the Times-Union by phone Sunday that his wife got calls from a sister and her father telling her about the attack and Heinze’s death.

He said Heinze Sr. was one of nine siblings born in the Chicago area. He said they were all given up for adoption and several lived troubled lives that included drug abuse. Bryant said he last saw Heinze Sr. about 15 years ago and knew little about the younger Heinze.

But Jimmy Trutt, a neighbor of the elder Heinze in the Ashantilly Mobile Home Park on the outskirts of Darien, expressed doubt the son played any role in the slayings.

“I can’t see Little Guy doing that,’’ he said.

Heinze Sr. had been a long-haul trucker and often had several rigs sitting by the road, but business got bad, the trucks disappeared and the elder Heinze moved into the mobile at New Hope, Trutt said.

The police chief wouldn’t say whether Heinze Jr. is tied to the deaths.

“I would not call Mr. (Guy) Heinze (Jr.) a suspect, but I won’t rule him out either,” Doering said.

Doering said police have “evidence he (Heinze Jr.) lied to us and tampered with evidence at the crime scene.”

Doering said Sunday investigators are “comfortable” that none of those found inside the trailer were involved in the attack, but they all lived there.

Doering is getting mixed reviews on the lack of information he is giving about the investigation.

“The chief of police did not make us feel secure,’’ said Toni Mugavin, who lives in a neighborhood a few miles south of the park. “We as a community don’t feel safe anymore.”

Mugavin said more information would be especially helpful to people who live in the mobile home park or nearby. “Let them sleep,’’ she said. “Give us something to calm down this community.’’

Brunswick resident Arturo Sanchez said he is frightened, but understands why Doering is not saying much. “Of course, I’m afraid. There have been nine deaths in the last week,’’ he said, including the slayings of two men who died the previous weekend in robberies. (At the time, police had not released Michael Toler’s death.) “You don’t know if they’re still in town,’’ he said of possible killers.

Saturday afternoon, a woman came to the scene in a white car, spoke briefly to some residents and then began screaming.

Belinda West contacted the Times-Union Sunday and identified herself as the woman. West said her son was not inside the mobile home as one of the New Hope residents had said and that he is safe and well.

She came to the park looking for her brother-in-law who lived in the mobile home, but whom she declined to name Sunday.

“We [are] waiting to hear from them,’’ she said.

Investigators had expanded their search for clues in the case from a two-square-mile area around the park off U.S. 17 to two spots about 15 miles away, Doering said. He would not say where or what they were looking for.

Anyone with information should call Silent Witness at (912) 264-1333. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Rose
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Rose 08/30/09 - 11:32 am
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An arrest has been

An arrest has been made.Updated: 10:43 am EDT August 30, 2009

Rose
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Rose 08/30/09 - 11:48 am
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The man arrested has not been

The man arrested has not been charged with the killings, but has been charged with lying to police and drug possession. He is a family member.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 08/30/09 - 12:21 pm
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He's also the one who called
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He's also the one who called 911

Rose
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Rose 08/30/09 - 12:22 pm
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AC is not keeping up with

AC is not keeping up with updates.Police have not released the victims' names or said how they died, but Doering said investigators have ruled out those found dead or injured as having committed the killings.

Rose
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Rose 08/30/09 - 12:22 pm
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"We're comfortable that none

"We're comfortable that none of those nine were involved with this assault," he said.

TroubIe
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TroubIe 08/30/09 - 01:55 pm
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thank you, connie chunk

thank you, connie chunk

AhsanMinnik
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AhsanMinnik 08/30/09 - 02:00 pm
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Rose, why don't you call the

Rose, why don't you call the newsroom and tip them off about the updates to this non-CSRA story? I'm assuming you can find the number in #1 of your speed dial. bwhahahahaha

Ginny
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Ginny 08/30/09 - 02:59 pm
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I am wondering if the

I am wondering if the 'tampering of evidence' is just that he was trying to remove his illegal drugs/prescriptions out of finding before the cops got there. Which in my mind would just be 'self-protection' even if it is wrong. But the thought of arresting someone that just lost all of their folks on some drug charges as small as those? Pretty harsh.

justus4
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justus4 08/30/09 - 03:17 pm
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All comments about the
Unpublished

All comments about the "process" but nothing about the possible motive-nothing about how rotten the victims were-nothing about their political ideology-nothing about how the killer deserve instant death, and one can only wonder: Why? What about this crime is different than the daily events of criminal activity? Well, the number of victims are unbelieveable but theres something else...now, what could it be?

AhsanMinnik
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AhsanMinnik 08/30/09 - 04:40 pm
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We should have built the

We should have built the space station out of whatever justus4's race card is made of. That way it would never wear out no matter how often it's used.

iam4him
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iam4him 08/30/09 - 05:58 pm
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what is up with the trailer

what is up with the trailer parks in georgia?

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 08/30/09 - 06:10 pm
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justus...are you TRYING to

justus...are you TRYING to say that the people involved are all WHITE?? I mean, be a man and just say it! Good grief. You know, I have read these stories since they came out and never once did I think about or even care about the race of these people. Is this all you do all day? What a sad, bitter black person you are. It's time you become proud of who you are and try to make a difference by being a credit to your race and not a poster-child for racists.

The Big O
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The Big O 08/30/09 - 06:24 pm
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lol at justus' race card

lol at justus' race card being used to build space stations.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 08/30/09 - 06:39 pm
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lmaoooo Ahsan. ain't that the

lmaoooo Ahsan. ain't that the truth!!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/30/09 - 06:41 pm
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Nobody's saying anything,

Nobody's saying anything, JUSTAS, because nobody KNOWS anything about these people, apart from a few of the putative names. But I can assure you, they wouldn't like you even if they are black.

DrkAngel1
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DrkAngel1 08/30/09 - 08:06 pm
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Justus, you must have been

Justus, you must have been ecstatic to know that 4 black men killed the 2 non-black men here in Brunswick last weekend (one of which was my friend). No wonder there is so much hatred and murder in this country. Some of the victims were children in that trailer and their lives are over. Does it really matter if they were black or white? If it does, you should have been there!

The Big O
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The Big O 08/30/09 - 11:31 pm
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I mean really......is a $25k

I mean really......is a $25k reward really necessary to find out who killed some drug addicted, welfare receiving, tax-taking parasitic, trailer people?

The Big O
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The Big O 08/31/09 - 12:04 am
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Is a $25k reward really a

Is a $25k reward really a necessary and prudent usage of taxpayer money to find the perp in this particular crime? Did any of these people actually contribute taxes or were they in the ever-growing number of tax-takers?

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 08/31/09 - 08:30 am
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justus4, are you trying to

justus4, are you trying to say it was a hate crime? No designation for that here in Georgia, and as far as I'm concerned, all crimes are hate crimes, we just don't know the degree, no one can read minds. If that is not what you are getting at, what is it?

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Dixieman 08/31/09 - 09:37 am
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To iam4him: Q: Why is an

To iam4him: Q: Why is an tornado in the midwest like a Georgia divorce? A: Either way, somebody's going to lose a doublewide.

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 08/31/09 - 09:52 am
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If they were beaten to death

If they were beaten to death then they were either drugged and passed out or there was more than one killer.

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 08/31/09 - 09:53 am
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I hope the GBI handled the

I hope the GBI handled the crime scene.

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