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Cumming Man's Killing Remains Unsolved After More Than A Year

Nelson Garner, 60, was found deceased Dec. 2, 2012, at Garner’s Grinder in Sparta, a business he and his brother operated during the deer hunting season.

Nelson Garner, 60, of Cumming, was found deceased Dec. 2, 2012, in Sparta, in what law enforcement authorities believe to be a homicide.
Nelson Garner, 60, of Cumming, was found deceased Dec. 2, 2012, in Sparta, in what law enforcement authorities believe to be a homicide.
More than a year after his brother discovered his body at the deer processing business the two operated, a Cumming man's killing remains unsolved.

Nelson Garner, 60, was found deceased Dec. 2, 2012, at Garner’s Grinder, which is located at 18630 Highway 16 in Sparta, GA, about 137 miles from Cumming, between Atlanta and Augusta, in Hancock County. His wife was unable to reach Garner, became concerned and contacted his brother.

Garner, who lived in Forsyth County, stayed at the business during hunting season and was last seen alive at 4 p.m. the Sunday of his death, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which canvassed the area surrounding the crime scene and conducted a road check the following Monday.

GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang said the case remains a top priority for the agency's Milledgeville office and continues to be actively investigated, the Gainesville Times reports. She declined to make public any further details, including Garner's cause of death, citing the ongoing investigation.

Former GBI spokesman John Bankhead told Patch last year it was apparent Garner, who was working in the area known for "great deer hunting," was murdered and authorities were conducting a homicide investigation. 

A 50-year member of Cumming Second Baptist Church, Garner loved deer hunting, fishing and taxidermy, according to his obituary. He left behind a son, a wife and step-children, brothers, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Anyone with information on Garner's killing should call either the Hancock Sheriff’s Office at 706-444-6471, the GBI's Milledgeville office at 478-445-4173 or the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477).

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