Body Found Buried in Winder Backyard Identified as Missing Florida Man

A GBI forensic pathologist used dental and facial bone CT scans and surgically implanted dental hardware serial numbers to make the identification.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified the body found buried Monday afternoon at a Winder residence. 

The body is that of 30-year-old Christopher Sean Dugas of the Pensacola, Fla. area, according to a news release. Dugas was a former reporter for the Pensacola News Journal and had been missing since September.  A GBI forensic pathologist used dental and facial bone CT scans and surgically implanted dental hardware serial numbers to make the identification. The dental records used were obtained through the assistance of the Pensacola Police Department. 

The Winder Police Department charged twin brothers Christopher Cormier and William Cormier with murder on Wednesday. 

The brothers had been in police custody since Monday, when the body was found buried in the backyard of a Sixth Street residence in Winder. According to Winder police, a medical examiner declared the case a homicide Wednesday and estimated the time of death to be approximately one month ago.

According to police, the body was found . The residence is rented by the brothers' father. The father told police his sons arrived from Florida about three weeks ago. They reportedly told their father they were taking care of the missing person’s dog but ended up killing the dog and burying it in the backyard. 

GBI agents are continuing to assist the Winder Police Department in the investigation. 

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