GBI: Camilla homicide suspect could be hiding in Thomasville


THOMASVILLE — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is warning residents to be on the lookout for a suspect who is wanted in connection to a Mitchell County slaying.

Kentravious Gardner is wanted for felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. 

Gardner's current whereabouts are unknown, though the Camilla resident has family in the Thomasville area. A GBI press release states that Gardner may be armed.

The U.S. Marshals are offering a $1,000 reward for information which leads to Gardner's arrest and conviction.

Investigators say Gardner, 33, was involved in a verbal argument with another man outside a Camilla residence the evening of September 25. At some point during the altercation, Gardner entered the residence and retrieved a firearm, which he used to shoot the male and another female. The male victim, Justin West, later died of his wounds. Gardner then fled the scene in a red Honda Accord.

Authorities later found the vehicle in a Thomasville body shop on September 29. The vehicle was determined to belong to a family member of Gardner's.

Anyone with information as to Gardner's whereabouts is encouraged to contact GBI at (229) 225-4090 or the Camilla Police Department at (229) 336-2201. Information can also be submitted through the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-8477.

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