Search for woman comes to tragic end

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Police identify body found in Fries as Desia Rae George, missing since April 15

By Staff Reports

The body of Desia Rae George, 33, of Fries, was found last Thursday in a creek alongside Brush Creek Road in Grayson County.
With that discovery, the investigation shifted from a missing person search to a criminal case.
George had been missing since April 15.
It appears that George’s body was dropped off on the side of a road, which leads police to believe that foul play may have been involved, said Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.
Investigators are now putting together what happened leading up to that.


The Carroll County Sheriff's Department received a call at 3:45 p.m. on May 22 reporting that a cell phone that belonged to George had been found by a boy who was trimming weeds around a pond.
Deputies from the Grayson County and Carroll County sheriffs’ departments responded to the scene.
Gardner said deputies were walking along the road when one of his investigators, Brandon Edwards, found the body.
The body was only about five or six feet off the hardtop, in a deep gully.
Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the body was badly decomposed and was sent to the state medical examiner's office in Roanoke, where dental records were used to identify the body on May 23.
Vaughan said the cause of death had not been determined and is pending further investigation.
The place where George’s body was found is about 10 miles from George’s home on a secluded road with horses and beautiful green vistas and not many residences.
Carroll deputies returned to both location last Friday, along with Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation personnel to continue looking for clues.
Deputies got a search warrant for this effort to ensure that anything found can be admissible in court in the future.
Meanwhile, George’s boyfriend and the father of her youngest child, Matthew Steven Jones, 34, remains in the Randolph County, N.C., Jail on charges in connection with a bank robbery that occurred in Ramseur, N.C.
Jones is thought to be the last person to see George alive, and he had been named as a person of interest in the case after George disappeared.
Carroll investigators interviewed Jones in jail about the case, but he refused to talk.
Investigators seized Jones’ vehicle about a month ago and processed it for evidence, Gardner said.
Investigators intend to speak to Jones again, but first wanted to do more thorough searches at George’s home and the place where her body was found, the Carroll sheriff said.
George’s family had offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts, but Gardner said Friday that the youth who found George’s cell phone had not asked for the reward.