Elijah Arnold

UPDATE 11:30 a.m.: VPD has made contact with the suspect and his family but the suspect has not turned himself in, said Commander Leslie Manahan.  

VALDOSTA — Police are searching for a suspect in connection with a homicide.

Valdosta Police Department issued a be on the lookout Tuesday morning for Elijah Arnold, 40.

“If anyone sees Arnold, they are asked to call 911,” VPD Lt. Adam Bembry said in a statement. “Arnold is described as being approximately 5-foot-5 in height and weighing approximately 130-140 pounds. Do not approach this subject, he is to be considered dangerous.”

Detectives met with the Magistrate’s Judge of Lowndes County and obtained arrest warrants for Arnold on charges of murder (felony), aggravated assault (felony) and possession of knife during a commission of a felony (felony), according to the VPD.

At approximately 9:37 a.m. Sunday, 911 dispatch received a request for help regarding a resident who was not breathing in the 2500 block of Forrestwood Drive, according to police reports.

The Valdosta Police Department, Valdosta Fire Department and paramedics responded to the residence and found Emmit Howard Dennis, 53, the report stated. Dennis was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Valdosta Bureau of Investigations Person’s Crimes detectives and the crime-scene technicians with the Valdosta/Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory investigated the scene and found a stab wound on Dennis’ torso, according to report. 

After further investigation, it was determined Dennis was involved in a physical altercation. It was through this investigation the current suspect was connected with the stab wound.

Dennis’ body was taken to the Valdosta Regional Crime Laboratory to be held for an autopsy to determine the cause of death, the report stated. 

Dennis’ body was then transported Monday to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s medical examiner’s office in Macon, according to reports. The medical examiner’s officer verified the wound was a stab wound and was ultimately the cause of Dennis’ death. The death was ruled as a homicide.

“Although this incident saddens us, the patrol officers, detectives, crime-scene technicians, the Lowndes County Coroner’s Office and the GBI’s medical examiner followed the established procedures that require a careful and meticulous death investigation process, that is followed on any unattended death,” Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said in a statement. “In this case, the death was ruled a homicide and the protocol followed will ensure a successful prosecution and justice for the victim.”

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