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Grandson, girlfriend charged with murder of missing Gwinnett man

Casey Collins, left, and Sarah Cook

Casey Collins, left, and Sarah Cook

LILBURN — Police believe they know why Casey Collins and his girlfriend allegedly murdered his grandfather — they’re just not saying.

Seventy-eight-year-old Lilburn resident Edward Smith was reported missing on Sunday, three days after family had last seen him or his vehicle. His body was found Monday inside his pickup truck, Cobb County police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said, at a location described only as in the southern part of that county.

By Tuesday afternoon, Mableton residents Casey Ryan Collins (Smith’s 30-year-old grandson) and Sarah Elizabeth Cook (Collins’ 23-year-old girlfriend) were arrested and charged with felony murder. Few other details were made public.

“We’re pretty certain we know what the motive is in this crime,” Pierce said, “however we are not releasing that information.”

Pierce said investigators believe the murder happened at 365 Kemolay Road in Mableton, and that Smith’s truck and body were found elsewhere. He said he wasn’t positive who lived at that residence — but booking reports for both suspects list that address as their home.

The scene is about 35 miles west of Lilburn. Pierce said he wasn’t sure what ties Smith might have had to the area other than his grandson.

No specifics regarding Smith’s death were released.

“The Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of his death,” Pierce said.

Authorities were also vague on how they found Smith’s body and tied it to his grandson.

“The good use of technology and good investigative work,” Pierce said. “That’s what it boiled down to.”

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Reality_Sucks 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank God they were caught in Cobb and not Gwinnett County. Judge Schrader its a shame that you are going to miss out on giving these poor, misguided folks a bond right away so that they can get out......oh, man,....Judge Schrader you are also going to miss out on the opportunity to give them a lax sentence....maybe even probation. I'm sure that the old man had it coming. Schrader, why don't you call over to Cobb and see if you can get these guys some special treatment like you give all the criminals in your court room here in Gwinnett!

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TOWG 11 months, 2 weeks ago

So I take it you've got a beef with Judge Schrader. Do tell.

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JCJB 11 months, 2 weeks ago

It doesn't matter where they were caught, it depends on where the murder happened.

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wenmelt 11 months, 2 weeks ago

There is no "justice" anymore. Youre better off getting your own justice before waiting on the court systems to do it!!

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Motor76 11 months, 2 weeks ago

SO way wrong...Jodi from Arizona is about to get hers, and Senior Castro out in Ohio is about to face this "justice" you speak of. Both will probably be put down and sent to burn for eternity.That's JUSTICE my dear wenmelt. Hey...the Collins/Cook twins will be there too. hehehe No mas Pantelones....

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mollyrose 11 months, 2 weeks ago

These "people" are pure evil!!

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