Arrest Made in Connection to Death Investigation in Burke County

Walter Gerald Salvesen III mugshot
Walter Gerald Salvesen III mugshot

UPDATE: 8/27/15 11:00 A.M.

BURKE COUNTY, Ga.- According to Chief Investigator St. Dedric D. Smith, an arrest was made in a murder investigation in Burke County. Here is a copy of the press release we’ve received.

Walter Gerald Salvesen III mugshot
Walter Gerald Salvesen III mugshot

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22 year-old Walter Gerald Salvesen III of Hephzibah, Georgia, in connection with the body found off Patterson Road in Burke County. Salvesen is charged with Murder in connection with the shooting death of 29 year-old Jonathan Lawrence Martin of Hephzibah, Georgia. Salvesen is currently being held at the Richmond County Jail. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.


BURKE COUNTY, Ga.- An investigation is underway in Burke County after a decomposed body was found in a wooded area Wednesday morning.

Deputies made the discovery Wednesday off of Patterson Road.

The identity nor cause of death is known at this time.

The body has been sent to the GBI crime lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.

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