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Suspected child molester commits suicide

1-27-2008 Georgia:

MONROE — A Loganville man who was being investigated for allegations of child molestation was found dead in a parking lot Wednesday night.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office investigators were called to the house of a 16-year-old juvenile who alleged Frederick Mitchell IV, 46, of Loganville, molested her. During the course of the investigation, detectives received a call from Mitchell.

According to reports, Mitchell told detectives he needed to see them immediately. The detectives, who were still conducting their investigation with the juvenile, tried to delay the meeting until Thursday morning. Arrangements were eventually made for him to come by the sheriff’s office.

“The detectives came back to the office and Mitchell never showed up,” WCSO Capt. Chris Cannon said, adding they waited for some time before opting to go and look for him. In their search, a detective located Mitchell’s vehicle in a parking lot.

“When they approached the vehicle, they found Mr. Mitchell dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Cannon said.

A gun was found in the vehicle still in Mitchell’s hand, according to officials.

The investigation into the death was initially turned over to the Monroe Police Department, as the body was found in the Southern Pipe Company parking lot on South Broad Street. MPD Chief Keith Glass called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigations to assist in the processing of the scene. ..more.. by Robbie Schwartz, The Walton Tribune

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