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George County murder sends shock waves through quiet community

George County authorities investigating the death of an out-state-man. (Photo source: WLOX News) George County authorities investigating the death of an out-state-man. (Photo source: WLOX News)

The murder of an out-of-state man in the Rocky Creek Community has sent shock waves through George County. The man deputies believe is responsible for the killing is now behind bars.

“It is hard for me to understand. It is not something that I would expect so close to my home,” resident Craig Gordon said.

Craig Gordon lives less than a mile from where George County Sheriff's deputies found a dead body buried in a wooded area off Odom Road Tuesday. Investigators believe the victim had actually been killed over the weekend.

“Yes, it is eerie to know that a body would stay down there for that long without someone being notified or something being done,” said Gordon.

Captain Ben Brown said evidence found at the scene and tips helped investigators to quickly link 28-year-old Josh Brandon Vallum to the killing. With the help of several law enforcement agencies, a massive hunt for Vallum began. Brown said the search even reached the coast.

“The car was found in Jackson County, but he turned himself in on that day here in George County,” said Captain Brown.

As Vallum sits in jail on a murder charge, Brown and deputies are trying to figure out the connection between the victim and suspect and what was the motive that led to the killing.

“Just get more evidence and also try to find out what type of relationship he had with the victim, if there was relationship. In a situation like this, the suspect's family is affected by this and victim's family. It is a tragedy,” Brown said.

Shocked Rocky Creek residents echoed that reaction.

“This is unbelievable to me. This is unbelievable," a resident said.

Officials said they will not release the victim's name until the family has been notified of the death.

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