Body found near Boat House identified

Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 11:14 AM
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Authorities have identified an Augusta area murder victim found this morning near the Savannah River off Prep Phillips Drive.

The body of Teresa Lea McElderry, 53, of the Evans-Augusta area, was found on a dirt road, not far from the Boat House, according to Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen. Ms. McElderry was identified through fingerprints, Mr. Bowen said.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were flagged down by a man who found Ms. McElderry’s body about 9:55 a.m., sheriff’s Lt. Scott Peebles said in an e-mail. The man, who often takes his work breaks in the wooded area near the river, is not a suspect at this time, Lt. Peebles said.

The sheriff’s office has not released information about the victim’s injuries or other evidence found at the scene, but Lt. Peebles said the death would be treated as a homicide.

He would not say whether police think the victim was murdered at the site or dumped there. He said it’s likely she had been there for at least 24 hours.

"I think that this is a relatively fresh crime scene," he said.

A Georgia State Patrol helicopter was circling the scene looking for other bodies and taking pictures of the area, he said.

Ms. McElderry’s body will be sent to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy Saturday morning.

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2 B JUST ME
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2 B JUST ME 09/11/09 - 12:50 pm
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adult black female, downtown

adult black female, downtown augusta. omg! i'm so shocked.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 09/11/09 - 12:57 pm
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you sound like you wish it

you sound like you wish it was a white female body 2 B JUST ME..

wheeza
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wheeza 09/11/09 - 01:03 pm
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This is someone's child, and

This is someone's child, and is also OUR Fathers child. So lets be nice. I guess we forget that we are all from the one and only Creator.

2 B JUST ME
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2 B JUST ME 09/11/09 - 01:24 pm
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Well most EVERY death in

Well most EVERY death in downtown Augusta area in mostly black. Male or female. I only cut and pasted the AC description.
black or white is not the issue it's 99.9 % blacks you hear about. it's just all i see in AC. rapes-downtown augusta, shootings -downtown augusta, drive by shooting- downtown augusta, drug raids--downtown augusta. etc.

2 B JUST ME
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2 B JUST ME 09/11/09 - 01:32 pm
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I'm sure none of the things I

I'm sure none of the things I listed WILL apply. she most likely was on a casual walk in the area with her loving children just looking at the river flow on a beautiful night.

jg41160
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jg41160 09/11/09 - 01:34 pm
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2B-And you made your original

2B-And you made your original comment because?

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 09/11/09 - 01:52 pm
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Why is it a color issue. This

Why is it a color issue. This is a human being that has lost there life. Please have some respect.

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2 B JUST ME 09/11/09 - 01:53 pm
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2B-And you made your original

2B-And you made your original comment because?
Posted by jg41160 on Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:34 PM

JUST BECAUSE I WANTED TO, JUST LIKE YOU READING THIS.

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2 B JUST ME 09/11/09 - 01:59 pm
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REDRIDER ---color is a big

REDRIDER ---color is a big issue in downtown. u read the AC and you should know not to making that remark.

Evans Ga.
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Evans Ga. 09/11/09 - 02:20 pm
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I"m sure she was doing drugs,

I"m sure she was doing drugs, prostituting, etc.

Just a huge guess, and I"m sure it is correct.

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2 B JUST ME 09/11/09 - 02:26 pm
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thank you!

thank you!

bankgirl
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bankgirl 09/11/09 - 03:44 pm
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no matter what she was doing

no matter what she was doing in that area you don't know.. so why don't y'all just wait for the reports to come out instead of judging.. never judge a book by the cover..

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 09/11/09 - 04:01 pm
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All people of walks of life

All people of walks of life do bad things and good things. I see and read the news. I know what you all mean. But that person has some family that reads this stuff too. I get a kick out reading some things on here.But A dead person can't defend there story.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 09/11/09 - 04:20 pm
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Unbelievable. That was a

Unbelievable. That was a human life, no matter if she was there for good or ill. Those of you that are not, show some respect. It's human to wonder what happened, but try the golden rule for a change. If your dead body was found down there, wouldn't you want people to find out the truth of the matter instead of jumping to conclusions? My condolences to everyone that loved her.

Lost In Translation
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Lost In Translation 09/11/09 - 04:22 pm
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Teresa Lea McElderry , 52, of

Teresa Lea McElderry , 52, of Evans, possession of cocaine

Directly from the AC For the record section on 04-03-09
http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/04/30/ric_522088.shtml

Make your assumptions now....

Rose
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Rose 09/11/09 - 04:41 pm
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Lost In Translation she was

Lost In Translation she was indicted, but was she found guilty?

dani
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dani 09/11/09 - 04:43 pm
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If only the drug dealers and

If only the drug dealers and users could just disappear from our world, how it would be. We could then start a movement to rid ourselves of the crooked politicians....

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/11/09 - 04:45 pm
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Condolences to the family.

Condolences to the family. And prayer they catch the [filtered word] who took another human beings life, no matter what the circumstances were, he doesn't deserve to live.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/11/09 - 04:48 pm
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Rose, it looks like she

Rose, it looks like she pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct, but still got 90 days confinement. ouch! Lot of time for disorderly conduct, but I'm guessing they did that so there wouldn't be a felony drug charge on her record, but still gave her the max for a disorderly because of the original charge type. I didn't see any priors in either county. Sad. Drugs can kill one way or another. If that was the case anyway.

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SouthAugustan 09/11/09 - 04:54 pm
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You mean she was actually

You mean she was actually from Columbia County? I thought people over there didn't use or deal drugs...hmmmmmm

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brownskin30434 09/11/09 - 05:00 pm
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Where is the article that 2 B

Where is the article that 2 B JUST ME! cut and pasted from? The one i just read only identified as being female!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/11/09 - 05:03 pm
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What?

What?

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TakeAstand 09/11/09 - 05:06 pm
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Well SouthAugustan, I guess

Well SouthAugustan, I guess thats what happens when people do things they arent used to doing! haha No one ever denied the crime in CC, but it was a lot less before so many RC folks traveled over here to do their crimes and they let section 8 move in the county! CC will be like RC in no time!

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SRVaughn5490 09/11/09 - 05:08 pm
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Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 11:14

Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 11:14 a.m.
Updated: Friday, September 11, 2009 4:11 p.m.

Rose
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Rose 09/11/09 - 05:18 pm
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A Georgia State Patrol

A Georgia State Patrol helicopter was circling the scene looking for other bodies and taking pictures of the area, he said Looking for other bodies?

AugustaJackson
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AugustaJackson 09/11/09 - 05:24 pm
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Is it more important to be

Is it more important to be clever and smart-alecky, or to acknowledge that a woman has died? Remember that quote, "Ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee."

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PeggyRuth382 09/11/09 - 06:11 pm
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Just like some of the posts

Just like some of the posts before mine, what difference does it make what she was doing. And for the comment from "Evans Georgia"... bet she wasn't sitting around in a wooded area drinking like the underaged do in Columbia County!!!

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Nativeson1 09/11/09 - 06:12 pm
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2 b just an idiot: grow up!

2 b just an idiot: grow up!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/11/09 - 06:16 pm
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Oh yeah peggy, none of the

Oh yeah peggy, none of the underage kids in RC drink. County envy.. lol too funny!! Don't worry CC is going to pot too with all the rif raf moving into the area. Would it make you feel better to see the crime spread so bad there is no safe county to move to?

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proud2bamerican 09/11/09 - 06:19 pm
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A human life was ended and

A human life was ended and the body dumped like trash. What else matters except for the person who was responsible for the murder to be brought to justice? The lady was someone's daughter, sister, mother, friend...dare I say we all have sin in our lives - some of us just hide it better.

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