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HOMICIDE: Augusta Man Found Dead on Side of Road in Burke County


The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious shooting death from the weekend.

At around 11:16 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to the 1200 block of Watkins Pond Road between Old Waynesboro Road and Highway 56. Deputies discovered the body of 58-year-old Morris Harden of Augusta lying just off the roadway. It appeared he had been shot, authorities said.

“Our preliminary investigation suggest that foul play was involved and this is being treated as a homicide,” sheriff’s Capt. Jimmy Wylds said. “We will await the autopsy results to make any further statements.”

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance on any information pertaining to the victim. The victim has no apparent ties to Burke County and was last seen at his residence at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 706-554-6633 or Sheriff’s Office at 706-554-2133. Callers can remain anonymous!

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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