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Sheriff: Body believed to be missing woman Tina Prince found

Aaron Adams/Washington County Sheriff's Office
Aaron Adams/Washington County Sheriff's Office
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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Behind a locked gate, down a trial of trees and near pools of water, a body believed to be missing Washington County woman Tina Prince was found.

Aaron Matthews Adams, 31, is in custody for concealing a death (felony) and two counts of making false statements (felony). He's the "male acquaintance" authorities previously said Tina was last seen with.

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Prince, a teacher and mother from Sandersville, disappeared the night of May 28. Records show Tina's daughter filed a missing person's report with the sheriff's office the next day.

According to the report, someone called Tina repeatedly while she was at Pueblo's Restaurant in Sandersville that Friday with a family member. Tina eventually went outside to pick up the calls, but she never came back in.

Washington County Sheriff Joel Cochran announced at the press conference that the human remains were located off of Pleasant Grove Road, in a rural part of the county, near an Imerys plant.

An autopsy will be done at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Crime Lab for positive identification and to determine the cause and manner of death.

Because this is an active and ongoing investigation, authorities couldn't give more details at the press conference on Friday. Sheriff Cochran thanked the many agencies that have helped in this case so far.

I would like to personally thank agencies that have assisted us over the last 6 days. Without their assistance, we would not be where we are today with this investigation. I would like to thank my own deputies and investigators for their assistance. Other agencies assisting that I would like to thank include the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Natural Resources, Georgia State Patrol, Department of Community Supervision, Ocmulgee Drug Task Force, Middle Georgia District Attorney’s Office, Sandersville Police Department, Volunteer Fire Fighters and Washington County EMA.

At a community prayer vigil the night before, the Prince family released a statement thanking the community for their support and expressing the heartbreak that the situation has brought them.

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Anyone with information about this investigation should call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 478-552-0911 or the Region 12 GBI Office at 478-374-6988.

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