Suspects sought in deadly copper theft case

Suspects sought in deadly copper theft case

(WFXG) - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help finding two men who are suspects in a copper theft case during which another suspect was electrocuted.  The investigation began after the body 39-year-old Charles "Chip" Edward Ridenour Jr. of Augusta was discovered on November 25 near the shoulder of US Highway 221 North of Wrens near the Jefferson-McDuffie County line.  An Autopsy showed he died from electrocution.

The sheriff's department says their investigation revealed that Ridenour was attempting to steal copper from the top of power poles belonging to Georgia Power at the time along with 43-year-old  David Wade Jr. of Dearing, GA and 52-year old Robert Edmond Brown of Lincolnton, GA.

Arrest warrants have been issued in Jefferson County charging Wade and Brown with Felony Murder, concealing a death, and theft by taking-- but they have not been located at this time.

Anyone with information about Wade or Brown's whereabouts is asked to call the Jefferson County Office at 478-625-7538 or their local Police or Sheriff's Office.

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