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The Latest: 3 dead with gunshot wounds in rural Georgia

FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on an investigating involving multiple deaths in southeast Georgia (all times local):

8 p.m.

Authorities say they are investigating the shooting deaths of two women and a 15-year-old boy found at a home in rural southeast Georgia as an apparent double homicide and a suicide.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement Tuesday evening that all three individuals had gunshot wounds and that an autopsy would be conducted Wednesday at the agency’s crime lab in Savannah.

The statement says the dead were identified as 39-year-old Kimberly Gayle Butts, 15-year-old Caleb Logan Butts and 64-year-old Jan Elizabeth Kirkland. The statement didn’t elaborate on the circumstances of their deaths.

Law enforcement officers were dispatched Tuesday to the small community of St. George near the Georgia-Florida state line in Georgia’s Charlton County. WJAX-TV reported officers were at a home near an unpaved road taking down crime scene tape and removing boxes from the house.

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5:50 p.m.

Authorities say three people are dead in rural southeast Georgia.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation posted a brief statement on its twitter page Tuesday evening saying two females and a teenager had been confirmed dead in Charlton County. GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles confirmed to The Associated Press that the females were adult women.

The statement did not say how they died, but said there was no immediate threat to the surrounding community.

Law enforcement officers were dispatched Tuesday to the small community of St. George near the Georgia-Florida state line. WJAX-TV reported officers were at a home near an unpaved road taking down crime scene tape and removing boxes from the house.

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4:50 p.m.

Authorities say they are investigating multiple deaths in a rural area of southeast Georgia.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in an email Tuesday that agents had been dispatched to Charlton County, where “there are multiple deaths confirmed.” She gave no other details, but says further information will be provided once next of kin are notified.

Dispatcher Tina Myers at the Charlton County Sherriff’s Office says investigators had been sent to the small community of St. George. She says any further information would come from the GBI, the state’s leading law enforcement agency.

Charlton County is located at the Georgia-Florida state line and includes eastern portions of the Okefenokee Swamp.

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