Man charged with murder after body discovered in George County


At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2020, the George County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a possible homicide at a residence in the 100 block of Childress Road in the Central Community of George County.

Deputies responded to the area and, after a search of the property, located the remains of a deceased female. Investigators were called to the scene, and during the course of the investigation, a suspect was identified and located at a separate residence.

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Justin George Johnson, 44, of Lucedale, was taken into custody at a residence in the 1000 block of Old Highway 26 and taken to the George County Regional Correctional Facility. Johnson was booked in on one charge of murder and is currently awaiting an initial appearance before a George County Justice Court Judge. The identity of the victim will be released pending notification of family.

This is an ongoing investigation, and more arrests are expected. Anyone with information concerning this or any other crime is encouraged to contact the George County Sheriff’s Office at 601-947-4811.