A Georgia man has been arrested for the 2008 killing of another man, officials said, whose body was discovered by a creek in Peach state.
Shannon Tapley, 43, of Cartersville, has been charged with the murder of Lance Jay Banister, 20, of Acworth, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
Banister’s body was found in Talking Rock Creek 15 years ago. Tapley was sent to the Bartow County Jail.
The Murray County Sheriff’s Office asked the GBI for assistance in their investigation after Talking Rock Creek and Carters Lake discovered a body in Chatsworth on March 28, 2008. The victim was later identified as Banister.
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According to investigators, Banister had been missing for three weeks before his body was found.
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Banister and Tapley were friends and had been together on the day of the victim’s disappearance.
The GBI Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that Banister’s death was a homicide.
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The Bartow County Attorney’s Office will be prosecuting the case.
The GBI, Murray County Sheriff’s Office, Bartow County Sheriff’s Office and FBI special agents from the Dalton Safe Streets Task Force assisted in the investigation.