THOMASVILLE — The hapless victim in a Thomas County Sheriff’s Office case was slaughtered, stolen, cooked and eaten.

The suspect, who admitted to the carnivorous crime, said he was hungry.

A witness saw Samuel Stanaland, 38, McKinnon Road, and another individual — traveling on a green four-wheeler — leave property in the 500 block of Bulloch Road with what appeared to be a dead hog lying across the vehicle’s fuel tank. The witness notified the owner of the land.

The incident took place about 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

“I found the four-wheeler. There was still some evidence of the hog,” investigator Jason Carroll said Thursday. He found the four-wheeler Wednesday at Stanaland’s residence.

Blood evidence was found in the hog pen and on the ground near the enclosure.

Stanaland was released from the Thomas County Jail Thursday afternoon on a $550 bond. He is charged with misdemeanor theft of livestock.

Carroll said the young porker weighed 75 to 80 pounds and had a value of about a dollar per pound.

A fatal blow to the creature’s head was delivered by the suspect, Carroll explained.

Stanaland dressed, cooked and devoured the swine, according to the investigator.

The suspect told investigators hunger drove him to the act.

“He said he didn’t have a lot of food in the house,” Carroll said.

Lawmen do not know the identity of the second man on the four-wheeler.

“Stanaland won’t give him up,” Carroll said.

The suspect told investigators the hog theft and the events that followed were his idea, and he would not divulge the identity of his friend.



Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 220.

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