GREENE COUNTY, GA. (THECOUNT) — A search for missing Greene County couple, Melissa Meeks Rhodes and Steven Rhodes, has ended after two bodies were found in a burned black pickup truck on a property in a neighboring county, according to reports Wednesday.
Deputies say, efforts have been called off to locate the couple who were first reported missing on New Year’s Eve. The couple were believed to be traveling in a black modified Ford pickup truck matching the description of the burned vehicle discovered Wednesday.
Deputies said the woman’s daughter called authorities out of concern for her mother after she could not get in touch with her. The couple were last seen around 11 p.m. Monday and were believed to be traveling in Steven Rhodes’ black modified Ford pickup, according to ajc.
Around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies got a call that a truck matching the description of Rhodes’ was spotted on a property across the Taliaferro County line.
The pickup truck was found burned, according to Taliaferro Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities are waiting on an autopsy report from the GBI Crime Lab to make a positive identification and determine a cause of death. The sheriff said he could not release any further information on the condition in which the bodies were found.
Deputies are still investigating two scenes related to the missing person case, the Rhodes’ home in Greene County and the property in Taliaferro, ajc reports.
Anyone with possible information on the case should contact police at 911.
Greene County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,994. The county seat is Greensboro. The county was created on February 3, 1786 and is named for Nathanael Greene, an American Revolutionary War major general, source Wikipedia.