Burke Co. Investigators hope new info. can lead to unsolved cases

Burke Co. Investigators hope new info. can lead to unsolved cases

BURKE COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - The Burke County Sheriff's Office says new information has convinced investigators to re-open several old cases.

Those cases involve 2 Murders and 1 missing person.

Daniel Triplett and Amy Ellison were both killed in Burke County within the past 5 years. Simon Powell went missing last June and his truck was found burned to the crisp the following day. No arrests were made and for a while it seemed these cases were going to be left unsolved.

"Based on the fact we believe there is still information out there that hasn't come forward as of yet," says Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard.

Since Sheriff Alfonso Williams took over the position he's put an emphasis and reviewing cold cases within the past 5 years.

"Sometimes you've exhausted a case and you just don't believe there's anything else to it but on these three particular cases we do believe that we still have missing information," says Chief Deputy Blanchard. He says because these cases are now open, he can't go into specific details of the investigation.

But with rewards for information, exceeding ten thousand dollars, Blanchard says more people have been coming forward recently. "If somebody is taking someone's life, that surely means they have the ability to take someone else's life. Wouldn't you hate to know that one of your family members ended up getting killed by someone that you could have helped placed in jail where they belonged to begin with," he says.

All in an effort to give these victim's families closure.

Chief Deputy Blanchard says the more than $12 thousand-dollar reward has increased interest in the case. If you have any information you can contact the Burke County Sheriff's Office. It does have an anonymous tip line.

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