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Two facing murder charge after man's body found Monday in Murray County

Updated: Mar 20

From the Murray County Sheriffs Office: On Monday, March the 16th 2020, at approximately 4:00 PM, the Murray County Sheriffs Office responded to Carlton Petty Road at the Conasauga River Bridge regarding to a deceased white male appearing to be in his twenties. The area was processed by Investigators of the Murray County Sheriffs Office and the Region One Georgia Bureau of Investigation. It was quickly determined that the deceased male was the victim of a homicide. Murray County Sheriffs Office Investigators and Special Agents of the GBI started pouring over evidence and chasing down leads immediately. The victim of this homicide was identified as Kenneth Bunn of Chatsworth, Georgia through pictures, clothing, tattoos, and other information provided from witnesses. In less than 72 hours, the offenders of this crime were identified and arrested. Justin Payton Hooker, 20, of Dalton, Georgia and Nadya Catherine Swartz, 20, of Chatsworth, Georgia have been formally charged with OCGA 16-5-1 Murder. Justin Payton Hooker and Nadya Catherine Swartz are currently being housed in the Murray- County Jail. The Murray County Sheriffs Office stated in the press release that they wanted to thank the Chatsworth Police Department, the Rome Police Department, and the Dalton Police Department for the assistance in this investigation. Without their assistance, this investigation could have taken longer and not been as successful.

Previous: On Monday, March 16, 2020, at approximately 1600 hours (4:00 p.m.), the Murray County Sheriff’s Office responded to Carlton Petty Road at the Conasauga River Bridge regarding an unidentified deceased white male appearing to be in his twenties. The area was processed by investigators of the Murray County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The male was transported to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy by the State Medical Examiner. If anyone has information regarding this incident or happened to see anything suspicious between the dates and times of Sunday, March 15, through Monday, March 16, at approximately 1600 hours (4:00 p.m.), please call the Murray County Sheriff’s Office at 706-695-4592 ext. 339 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region One at 706-624-1424.