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Mans body found in charred car identified
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The body found inside the charred remains of a car on New Year’s Eve was the victim of a homicide according to investigators from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Newton County Firefighters initially responded to a call of a vehicle fire at 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 30. When they arrived at McGiboney Lane, they reportedly found a burning vehicle and as they began to extinguish the flames were able to see that there was a person inside the vehicle.

The victim was identified by the GBI Crime Lab through fingerprints as 44-year-old Alvin Hall of Atlanta. Hall was last seen alive earlier that evening in the area of Empire Park in Atlanta. Both the NCSO and GBI are working with the Atlanta Police Department in this case as well. Hall was a employee of the city of Atlanta and had a family. He had not been reported missing.

Investigators are also looking at the possibility Hall’s murder is related to two others — both bodies located over the weekend and both found in their vehicles. A 30-year-old Morrow woman, D’Anta Williams, was found shot several times in the trunk of her vehicle at Perkerson Park in Atlanta. A third man, 26-year-old Dewayne Louder of Greenville, was found shot multiple times inside his vehicle on Jan. 3 in Troup County. He was reportedly kidnapped from his home Saturday evening by multiple people.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the NCSO at (678) 625-1429 or online at or the GBI Tip Line at (800) 597- TIPS (8477). All tips can be given anonymously.