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      GBI assisting Fitzgerald police in murder investigation

      A Fitzgerald woman was murdered and her body found Sunday with several stab wounds and a pillow over her face at a local motel. / Cody Long


      (UPDATE 04/14/14 05:15 P.M.):

      Fitzgerald Police tell FOX 31 the autopsy results show Wheeles was killed by stabbing. Wheeles' body had more than 10 stab wounds to the neck, stomach, and arm.

      INITIAL STORY:

      A Fitzgerald woman was murdered and her body found Sunday with several stab wounds and a pillow over her face at a local motel.

      29-year-old Jami Samantha Wheeles had been staying at the Uptown Motel on Grant Street in Downtown Fitzgerald for a while, according to Major James Reynolds with the Fitzgerald Police Department.

      Major Reynolds says they found a pillow over her face and that asphyxiation is suspected.

      Wheeles was last seen Friday around 8 p.m.

      An autopsy was conducted Monday morning and results are pending.

      The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now assisting the Fitzgerald Police Department in their investigation. If you have any information on this crime, you're asked to call Fitzgerald police at 229.426.5000.

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