Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coast Lines

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A Patterson man has been charged with murder and arson in the death of Patsy Washington, whose body was found Friday in her burning home.

Firefighters responding at 6:45 a.m. to a fire at Washington's home on Lucas Street in Patterson found her body inside, said John Heinen, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Douglas office.

Alix Dewayne Aylor, 20, was arrested Saturday on charges of first-degree arson and murder, Heinen said.

Aylor was being held in the Pierce County jail without bond.

A preliminary autopsy established the probable cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head and injuries from the smoke and fire, Heinen said.

"There were multiple fires set in the residence,'' and evidence suggests they were intentionally set, he said.

Heinen described Washington as a respected resident of the community northeast of Blackshear. "The Patterson community really came together to assist us,'' he said.

The GBI, along with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office and Patterson police, developed leads from the community that led to an arrest, he said.


A 31-year-old Camden County woman who authorities said was kidnapped Thursday is reunited with her family.

Authorities said the woman, who was not identified, was found unharmed in a Darien hotel about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Lt. William Terrell, a spokesman for the Camden County Sheriff's Office, said published reports about the manhunt for the kidnapping suspect led to a tip which helped authorities find the woman.

The kidnapping suspect, Harold Dean Kinlaw, 52, of White Oak, is still at large but suspected to be in the area, Terrell said.

Police said Kinlaw assaulted the woman with a knife and fled with her from his White Oak home. Kinlaw is wanted on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and cruelty to children.

Authorities said Kinlaw is driving a white Chevrolet Astro Van with a gray interior, black pinstripes and broken window on the driver's side that has been covered with plastic. …

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