Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Valdosta Man Charged with Wife's Death

Murder charges were filed Monday against a Lowndes County man in the strangling death of his wife.
The case began last week when the Pendletons’ adult children reported their mother missing. She had been missing for several days when the missing person’s report was filed on Wednesday, March 16.

William Pendleton and his Camaro had been missing since Wednesday when one of his grown children told him she planned to report Lynn Renee Pendleton missing, according to authorities. He reportedly said he would meet his daughter at the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, but he never arrived.

Late Thursday night, authorities searched the Pendletons’ 5662 Scruggs Circle residence. Outside, investigators reportedly discovered what appeared to be paving like a recently installed patio in the back yard, according to sources.

The body was reportedly discovered beneath the paving in a two-and-a-half-foot hole.

With help from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Scene Unit, the body was recovered from the ground at approximately 2 a.m. Friday. Authorities were not certain how long she had been buried at the site. Preliminary autopsy reports listed her cause of death as strangulation, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pendleton family.

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