published Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Update: Suspect in Whitfield County deaths reportedly seen in Varnell, Ga.

A Georgia state trooper checks the trunk of a car along Hwy 201 in Varnell, Ga. on Wednesday.
A Georgia state trooper checks the trunk of a car along Hwy 201 in Varnell, Ga. on Wednesday.
Photo by Doug Strickland /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Whitfield County law enforcement authorities have confirmed that Adolph “Sonny” Neal, suspected of killing his wife and her grandfather last week, has been spotted in Varnell, Ga.

A 911 dispatcher told the Times Free Press that Neal, who goes by Sonny, was seen near the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 201.

Whitfield County Sheriff's Capt. Rick Swiney said a motorist spotted a man wearing a red shirt and jeans who looked like Neal and called authorities. An intensive search is under way. Officers are searching cars one by one and a helicopter is doing an airborne search.

Neal was identified as a suspect hours after his 9-year-old daughter found her great-grandfather, Don Shedd, dead in the kitchen of their Dawnville, Ga., home on May 24. Police also found the girl’s 27-year-old mother, Jessica Neal, dead in the home’s pool house.

Shedd and Jessica Neal were buried today.

Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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