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Cumming Man Found Murdered in His Deer Processing Business

A 60-year-old Cumming man who operated a deer processing business was found murdered Sunday night.

A 60-year-old Cumming man was found murdered Sunday night in his deer processing business in Hancock County, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

The body of Nelson Garner was found by a relative around 9:30 p.m. at Garner’s Grinder located at 18630 Highway 16 in Sparta, Ga. (the business is located about 137 miles from Cumming, between Atlanta and Augusta). 

Garner who operated and stayed at the business during hunting season, but was a resident of Cumming, was last seen alive at 4 p.m. yesterday [Sunday].

"Hancock County is known as a great deer hunting area," said John Bankhead, spokesperson with GBI. "He ran that business with his brother."

Bankhead told Cumming Patch that when Garner's wife was unable to reach her husband, she became concerned and contacted the brother.

"The brother went over to Sparta and found his body about 9:30 last night inside the business," said Bankhead.

Agents from the GBI’s Milledgeville Office are assisting in the investigation at the request of Hancock County Sheriff Tomlyn Primus.

"It's being investigated as a homicide," Bankhead said.

An autopsy was conducted Monday at the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Decatur. The cause of death is being withheld at this point due to the investigative value.

Bankhead said authorities have been working around the clock since the murder. They are also canvasing the area near the crime scene and would be conducting a road check tonight [Monday].

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Hancock Sheriff’s Office at 706-444-6471 or the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).

Bankhead added that Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory in Cumming is handling the funeral arrangements.

david arnold December 04, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Wow, that is sad, just saw him Saturday when I picked a deer up. He was a good man and ran a great business. Very sad, my prayers go out to the family.
Jeff Wise December 04, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I was shocked to hear this.He was a good hearted chrstian man.I met him years ago as he was the only processor in the area participating in the hunters for the hungry program,the predecessor to the current sportsman pantry program.He was proud to be donating much needed food to the needy in the sparta area.My heart,thoughts and prayers go out to his family.He will be missed.
Doug Ketchum December 04, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Nelson and I became friends several years ago when I discovered Grinders -- only three miles from my weekend retreat in Hancock County. I brought all my deer to Nelson and David for processing -- wonderful service and products from wonderful people. I took Nelson and his cousin, Amos, crappie fishing on my lake earlier this year (we put some nice slabs in the basket and had a great time) . . . Nelson took me hog hunting after deer season ended last year . . . and I helped him plant saw tooth oaks on his hunting property. Nelson always maintained an upbeat attitude and perspective on life -- a true role model. I dropped off my second deer of the season Sunday morning and hung out for nearly an hour just visiting. When I first arrived, Nelson was asking one of his customers if his company had any job openings for the young man Nelson employed because they hadn't taken in as many deer as last year . . . and he expressed true concern for Joe's financial well-being. He truly cared for his fellow man. I heard the news about Nelson's death on WSB as I was driving into Atlanta this morning to broadcast my own radio program on WRFG . . . I didn't open the mic much today and stuck to playing the blues because I was crying on and off, although I did mention the senseless loss on the air when I was able to compose myself. I will miss Nelson very, very much. I extend my love and sympathy to his family ...
Barbara Pelt December 05, 2012 at 06:19 AM
Barbara Pelt, My heart goes out to all the Garner family with the lost of a wonderful man who was father to my nephews. We have loads of good memories together. He was not just a brother in law to me many years ago i considered him to be my brother. He will be dearly missed and always remembered.. I send much love and sympathy to the rest of the family with many prayers for each of you asked. You want be forgot.
Barbara Pelt December 05, 2012 at 06:21 AM
A loss what a horrible loss.. We love you

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