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HWY 122 Investigation update, body identified

By Carol A. Gasser Moore
RAY CITY, Georgia – The Douglas Office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has confirmed directly to the Lanier County News (LCN) that Ja’kesse Middleton (20) of Valdosta was found deceased on the side of State Route (SR) 122, near Possum Creek Road, in Berrien County on Saturday

Initial inquires into Ja’kesse Middleton do not indicate that he had a known criminal record of any sort.

See the Thursday morning edition of Lanier County News for more information at:


3/6/2023  UPDATE:


  1. Kierra on March 1, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Sending condolences to his family. There are many things that could have been said about this young man rather than staying where he did or did not have a criminal record. How is that relevant to his passing?

    • Henry on March 1, 2023 at 6:40 pm

      You’re rgt only thing they worried about is a criminal record stero type stuff for this article n whoever put this story online

    • Pat on March 1, 2023 at 7:14 pm

      I agree!

    • Training and on March 1, 2023 at 7:52 pm

      Believe it or not, sometimes a criminal record helps point them in the direction of solving the case.

      • Jeanette on March 2, 2023 at 11:11 pm

        This was someone’s child. Show respect for him and his family. Sending prayers for Peace at this time for this young man’s family and friends. Praying for justice.

      • Audrey Bynes on March 3, 2023 at 7:31 am

        It is understandabl about what the POLICE need to solve a case, but what some of us are saying is that the MEDIA did NOT have to print that about the young man!

    • Peezy on March 14, 2023 at 6:49 pm

      Sorry to hear such madness cuz this is your cousin Adrian Preaster the electrician that got you started in your shop after graduating barber school
      Head up fam even when it hurts evil does not go unpunished…love cuz and I’m never to far far you

  2. Dianne Iler on March 1, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    Rip Young man. And I hope if someone caused your early death,that they find justice for you. God bless his family with strength to make it through this heartbreaking time in their lives.

  3. Y.Cooper on March 1, 2023 at 9:31 pm

    Sending prayers and condolences to his family. And I also agree it’s not always if someone has or doesn’t have a criminal record.

  4. A.Johnson on March 2, 2023 at 1:42 am

    Let this has has been a white boy with a would have been a story of a big house an white picket fence

    • Charlie Wages on March 2, 2023 at 8:26 pm


    • A. Babbit on March 5, 2023 at 6:18 am

      It does Not matter what color or race he was, his family is still feeling the pain of the lose of their beloved child. May the good Lord above grant them the strength to do what they need to do now, bury their child. He is with the Lord in his loving arms. May he REST IN THE PEACE AND LOVE OF THE LORD.

  5. Audrey on March 3, 2023 at 7:32 am

    Praying the family find Peace!

  6. Chiquita on March 5, 2023 at 8:02 am

    They like to say all African Americans have a criminal history of some type, but not everyone have a criminal history. Some just made a few bad choices or some at the wrong place at the wrong time. Praying for this young man family and that they be able to find closure in this sad situation.

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