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Sheriff’s press release on Giroux death

Sheriff Larry Waller has issued a press release regarding the unexplained death of Donna E. Giroux. The release, issued 32 hours after the body was found, also seemingly addresses an open records request filed with the sheriff’s office Monday regarding four unexplained deaths by The Herald-Gazette. The news release, issued at 5:34 p.m. Monday, follows unedited below: Public Information Officer Captain Lara Clark Press Release 10-26-09 On Sunday morning at 9:08am the body of Donna E. Giroux, white female, age 48 was discovered at her home. An investigation is under way at this time. Ms. Giroux’s body was taken to the Georgia Crime Lab on Sunday with an autopsy scheduled for today. Sheriff Larry Waller said, ‘This is the fourth unexplained death in Lamar County in less than a week and all bodies have been sent to the crime lab for autopsy. Mr. Vernon Keenan, Director of the GBI is expediting the toxicology portion of their examination, but until the actual cause of death is determined no objective announcement of the causes can be made. Speculation is never appropriate in any investigation and regardless of the rumors that are being circulated; it is reckless to guess in such a serious matter. Booking photos of some of the victims are being withheld from the media due to respect for their families and no information relevant to the investigation will be issued. Information pertaining to other members of victim’s families are not germane and has not been released. At this time there is no evidence of a connection between the instances other than the location of the first two’. The investigation continues and the public will be informed as soon as credible, objective information is obtained. Sheriff Waller also re-emphasized, ‘If there is concern by a few people over ‘bad dope’ being distributed in Lamar County use common sense and DON’T USE ANY DOPE. Drug dealers are predators who would start any of our children on dope just to assure themselves a market. There is no ‘good dope’ and no drug dealer is reputable. We are asking if anyone knows anything about this to call the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office at 770-358-5159 or you may call the ‘Tips’ line at 770-358-8881.

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