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Meriwether County railroad worker, 62, murdered in his home


Neighbors and relatives of 62-year-old Tommy Ogletree were stunned to learn he was the victim of a murder in his rural Meriwether County home.

"He was a nice man.  He didn't start any drama.  He just stayed to himself and that's it," says neighbor Deondra Johnson.

The trouble Friday afternoon when Norfolk Southern Railroad notified Ogletree's family that he didn't show up for work several days in a row.  Ogletree's brother, Maurice, tried calling him and didn't get an answer, so he went to his house on Callaway Road in Greenville. That's when he made the horrifying discovery.

"I went to check his place, and once I went inside, I found his body," says Maurice Ogletree, the victim's brother.

Ogletree appeared to be the victim of a single gunshot wound, and there was no appearance of a struggle or a break-in at the house.

"Looks like it could have been someone who followed him into the house or maybe came to his door maybe needing assistance.  I'm not sure; I'm just speculating.  My brother was a very friendly person.  Everyone knew him.  He always had a lot of friends.  He was a very private person, but he was a very friendly person," says Ogletree.

Meriwether County Sheriff, Chuck Smith, believes the motive for the crime is robbery because the victim's car was stolen from the residence.  It was later recovered by Atlanta Police northwest of the city. 

Authorities believe that a man and a woman captured in images from surveillance video at the Wal-Mart in Newnan are responsible for the crime.  Anyone with information about their identities or whereabouts is asked to call the Meriwether County Sheriff at (706) 672-4489. 

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