Murder on the North River

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horses mouth

Saint Marys, GA

#1 Aug 14, 2012
LOCAL Law Enforcement and State Investigative agencies opened an investigation of a suspicious boat fire at the St Marys Boat Yard.

Monday about 3:20 AM, officers of the SMPD responded to 1084 New Point Peter Road in connection with an Emergency 911 open line call, with suspicious audible sounds overheard by the duty Communication Officer.

Upon arrival Officers saw a boat moored approximately 50 to 75 yards off shore was on fire. SMFD, Camden County Search and Rescue, and DNR responded to the scene as well.

Search & Rescue conducted a search of the waterway, marsh lands and shore lines
along North River looking for anyone who may have abandoned the boat. The search produced no
contact or recovery of person or persons who may have been on the boat. Officers recovered a small
dingy watercraft that was capsized and was believe to have belonged to the owner of the boat. Inspection of the dingy revealed it had charring to the hull and the mooring line appeared to have been burnt from where it was tied to the larger boat.

The burning boat was maneuvered closer to the St Marys Boat Yard Dock by the Search and Rescue vessels where fire department personnel were able to extinguish the blaze and then move the boat into the docking area.

When the boat was determined to be safe it was released to the Crime Scene Specialist from the G BI for processing.

The preliminary investigation conducted by the arriving officers revealed the boat owner, Ms. Karen Shaye Barnes (Trauger), could not be found. In the search efforts, officers were directed to a neighboring boat owned by Mr. Larry Owen Ford. Mr. Ford was supposed to be aboard his boat and was an acquaintance of Ms. Barnes. Upon search of Mr Fordís boat, it was determined he too was missing from the area.

Investigators of the GBI and the SMPD started the investigative process to locate the boat owner Ms. Barnes and Mr. Ford.

Information received from interviews conducted of persons at the boat yard and the audible recording of the 911 Emergency open line call it is possible Ms. Barnes and Mr. Ford may have been on board the boat at the time of the incident, but no confirmation of Mr Ford being on board was found.
Additional information developed revealed Ms. Barnes and her ex-husband David Jerome Trauger were involved in a dispute over the boat after Ms. Barnes was initially awarded the boat as part of the divorce property settlement.

Mr. Trauger was known to be in the St Marys area prior to the boat fire incident and was a suspect in the previous burglary and criminal damage investigation involving the boat that occurred in July 2012 at the St Marys Boat Yard. The parties were scheduled to appear in Brunswick Superior Court on 08-14-2012 in connection with the ownership of the boat involved in the fire. A temporary Family Violence Protection Order was issued through Brunswick Superior Court on August 03, 2012, by Ms. Barnes however Mr. Trauger could not be found to be served with the protection order by Glynn County authorities.

During the initial processing of the boat the Crime Scene Specialist recovered the charred remains of one human skeleton. Because of the condition of the remains it could not be determined whether the remains were that of a male or female. The remains were collected and transported to the coroners office for storage and transport to the GBI Medical Examiners Office for identification analysis. The forensic analysis will take an undetermined amount of time to complete.

Local authorities have issued local, state, and national attempt to locate bulletins for Mr. Trauger in connection with the pervious incident in July and is considered a person of interest in the ongoing investigation involving the burning of the 37 foot Great Harbour (GH37) owned by Ms. Barnes.

The search continues for Ms. Barnes and Mr. Ford as there is no confirmation at this time that either one of the them are deceased, however are still considered to be missing and endangered.
horses mouth

Saint Marys, GA

#2 Aug 14, 2012
picture of person of interest will be here as soon as moderators ok it
horses mouth

Saint Marys, GA

#3 Aug 14, 2012
Great Harbour

Herndon, PA

#4 Aug 14, 2012
This boat is no piece of junk. It's list price is around $480,000. It's a twin diesel engine hybrid trawler/tug. This very nice live aboard had been seen at Lang's West Marina for months.
linky no workie

Herndon, PA

#5 Aug 14, 2012
Linky no workie for me.
The Red Boat

Kingsland, GA

#6 Aug 14, 2012
Found this morning west of I95 half sunk in the Saint Marys river. Bilge plug pulled and holding five cement blocks. The investigation continues...
here is the boat

Herndon, PA

#7 Aug 14, 2012
Great Harbour wrote:
This boat is no piece of junk. It's list price is around $480,000. It's a twin diesel engine hybrid trawler/tug. This very nice live aboard had been seen at Lang's West Marina for months.
Boat is like this one.

http://greatharbourtrawlers.com/gh37.html
anon

Saint Marys, GA

#8 Aug 14, 2012
Good to read the official release and not something butchered by a hack reporter at the local rag.
who cares

Saint Marys, GA

#9 Aug 14, 2012
when the city wants nothing but free loaders. this
is th kind of thrash you get go look at section 8 housing. the city picks feeloaders over fishermen
all of the boats in harbor are slowly going to bottomteymake gret backgrounds.BRAYL &DEBBIE put a few in marsh to stay
Weather Buddy

Saint Marys, GA

#10 Aug 14, 2012
who cares wrote:
BRAYL put a few in marsh to stay
Are you referring to Beryl? Make a note to yourself to do a spell check before hitting POST COMMENT
who cares

Saint Marys, GA

#11 Aug 14, 2012
Weather Buddy wrote:
<quoted text> Are you referring to Beryl? Make a note to yourself to do a spell check before hitting POST COMMENT
I will thanks,you remember to go get those peices of so called boats out of your marsh makes downtown look kile junkyard.
Movie Book

Saint Marys, GA

#12 Aug 14, 2012
I think theater by the trax needs to write a movie about this and hold a dinner theater. Maybe Steve Berry will make it its next best seller.
Cicel D Vills

Saint Marys, GA

#13 Aug 14, 2012
Movie Book wrote:
I think theater by the trax needs to write a movie about this and hold a dinner theater. Maybe Steve Berry will make it its next best seller.
You got it, one on the way.
anon

Woodbine, GA

#14 Aug 14, 2012
The blue boat was found about an hour ago in Nassau. The investigation continues.....
Posting Keith

Saint Marys, GA

#15 Aug 15, 2012
Anybody else see that bumbling idiot Brock on TV report about this case?
anon

Saint Marys, GA

#17 Aug 15, 2012
Let's hope someone spots him and law enforcement can capture this maniac.
moon

Marlton, NJ

#18 Aug 15, 2012
anon wrote:
The blue boat was found about an hour ago in Nassau. The investigation continues.....
What blue boat are you referring to?
anon

Saint Marys, GA

#20 Aug 15, 2012
Thanks for the update
waiting

Saint Marys, GA

#21 Aug 15, 2012
I don't think this will have a good ending
anon

Saint Marys, GA

#22 Aug 15, 2012
agreed

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