After the bodies of his teen children were found buried in his backyard, authorities in Georgia arrested Elwyn Crocker Sr., who had been working as a Walmart Santa Claus.
Deputies investigating the disappearance of 14-year-old Mary Jo Crocker, who had not been seen since October, received a tip that the girl was dead.
Deputies previously believed she had gone to live with her biological mother in South Carolina.
After interviewing the girl’s 49-year-old father, Elwyn Crocker Sr., police began searching the grounds around his home and discovered the two bodies.
Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie charged Elwyn Crocker Sr., his 33-year-old wife Candice Crocker, and her 50-year-old mother Kim Wright with child cruelty and concealing a death.
Police later arrested Wright’s boyfriend, Roy Prater, who was charged with concealing a death, cruelty to children in the first degree and possession of a controlled substance.
“This is an ongoing investigation,” McDuffie said. “More charges could be forthcoming.”
“I’ve been doing this 41 years, and a while ago I almost broke down in tears,” McDuffie said. “It’s that bad. I cannot understand how you do children like this. It’s horrible.”
Autopsies confirmed the remains were the bodies of Mary Jo and her brother Elwyn Crocker Jr, who was 14 years old when he was last seen in November 2016.
The suspects, including the children’s father, have been charged with child cruelty and concealing the death of another. They appeared before a judge and have been denied bail
The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office said investigators are continuing to explore the gruesome discovery of two young children buried in the backyard of a home in Guyton.
Investigators are trying to piece together an incident in which they say the remains of two children who went missing were found buried in their father’s backyard.
Elwyn Crocker Jr. was 14 when he was last seen two years ago, according to police. His 14-year-old sister, Mary, was last seen in October. Neither child was reported missing to authorities.
Both of the siblings’ remains were discovered in the backyard of their father’s home in the farming town of Guyton on Thursday.
Police said another child who was in the home, Elwyn Crocker’s child from another woman, was removed from the home and taken to a hospital.
McDuffie would not release his name or age but said the boy has special needs. He appeared to be okay, McDuffie said.
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