• Charles Michael Patrick, a registered sex offender who was charged Thursday with the murder of his ex-wife, Drusilla Patrick, is flanked during his arrest by Sheriff Stacy Nicholson, right, and GBI agent Dustin Hamby. (Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office photo)
    Charles Michael Patrick, a registered sex offender who was charged Thursday with the murder of his ex-wife, Drusilla Patrick, is flanked during his arrest by Sheriff Stacy Nicholson, right, and GBI agent Dustin Hamby. (Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office photo)
  • The home of Charles Michael Patrick and where authorities unearthed the remains of his wife, Drusilla Patrick, last Thursday.
    The home of Charles Michael Patrick and where authorities unearthed the remains of his wife, Drusilla Patrick, last Thursday.
  • The disturbed earth in the backyard of Charles Michael Patrick where authorities say they found the remains of his wife, Drusilla Patrick, who had not been seen for around 15 months.
    The disturbed earth in the backyard of Charles Michael Patrick where authorities say they found the remains of his wife, Drusilla Patrick, who had not been seen for around 15 months.

Murder suspect hangs himself

One day after he was arrested, a local man charged with the murder of his wife hung himself in the Gilmer County Detention Center, according to releases from the sheriff’s office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The GBI, which was called in to assist in the murder case, is also investigating the in-custody death of Charles Michael Patrick, 72, of 452 Ridgemont Drive on Friday evening. Patrick was charged with murdering his ex-wife, Drusilla Patrick, 68, and burying her body in their back yard. 

Patrick was taken into custody at a motel in East Ellijay Thursday evening without incident by both agencies and a federal probation officer, and was being held without bond.

The GBI state crime lab reported late Monday that Charles Patrick’s autopsy revealed death by hanging.

Drusilla Patrick’s missing status for more than a year came into question after a federal probation officer learned her husband had remarried and became suspicious, according to press releases. An autopsy completed Friday of Drusilla Patrick showed the cause of death to be a gunshot wound, and the manner of death was determined to be homicide, according to Nelly Miles, director of the GBI’s Office of Public Affairs. 

A forensic examination of Charles Michael Patrick was expected to be completed Monday, she added. Charles Patrick was under state and federal supervision due to pleading guilty to possessing child pornography in 2009 and was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison, the Savannah Morning News reported when covering a story about Charles and Drusilla Patrick defrauding his brother in regard to an aunt’s estate in 2014.

The sheriff’s office requested the GBI’s assistance on April 18 regarding a missing person. Drusilla Patrick was last seen alive between December 2016 and January 2017, according to the GBI release.  On Thursday, human remains believed to be those of Drusilla Patrick were located on the property at Ridgemont Drive. “The investigation further revealed that Charles Patrick had given a variety of reasons for Drusilla Patrick’s absence to several different people, each contradictory to the other,” the GBI release states of the joint probe. “Drusilla Patrick was determined not to be Patrick’s legal wife, as the two were divorced in 1970.”

Information received initially indicated United States Probation was supervising Patrick and became concerned about the whereabouts of his wife, Drusilla Patrick.  

“When the probation officer received information that Charles Patrick remarried unexpectedly, he questioned Patrick about Drusilla Patrick and received conflicting statements,” the GBI stated. “Subsequently, (U.S.) Probation compared information that a GCSO Sex Offender compliance officer received from Patrick and realized that there were additional discrepancies and cause for concern.”

Patrick was a registered sex offender in Gilmer County and was currently being supervised, as well, by federal probation, according to the sheriff’s office. He was convicted of obscene phone contact with a child in February 2009 in Georgia, according to the GBI’s Sex Offender Registry.

Nicholson stated that excellent “heads up police work” by federal probation officers and the sheriff’s office Sex Offender Registry compliance officer is what led to the solving of a murder and missing person that had never been reported. 

“I cannot begin to give adequate praise to Cpl. Jason Reed and the federal probation officers,” he said, adding he also commends the work of his detectives and the GBI Region 8 agents for their “excellent investigation into a crime that could have very easily never been discovered, much less solved.”

The GBI stated that upon completion of the investigation, the case will be provided to the Appalachian Circuit district attorney for prosecution.

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Man charged with murder of ex-wife

2018-04-27 10:53:51 -0500

A Gilmer County man was arrested Thursday and charged in the death of his ex-wife after her missing status for more than a year came into question, according to press releases from Sheriff Stacy Nicholson of the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Charles Michael Patrick, 72, of 452 Ridgemont Drive, has been charged with murder in connection with the death of his ex-wife, Drusilla Patrick, 68. He was taken into custody at a local motel without incident by both agencies and a federal probation officer, and is currently being held in the county jail without bond.

The sheriff’s office requested the GBI’s assistance on April 18 regarding a missing person. Drusilla Patrick was last seen alive between December 2016 and January 2017, according to the GBI release.  On Thursday, human remains believed to be those of Drusilla Patrick were located on the property at Ridgemont Drive. An autopsy is scheduled for today at the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office in Decatur. The GBI said additional charges are forthcoming.  

“The investigation further revealed that Charles Patrick had given a variety of reasons for Drusilla Patrick’s absence to several different people, each contradictory to the other,” the GBI release states of the joint probe. “Drusilla Patrick was determined not to be Patrick’s legal wife, as the two were divorced in 1970.”

Information received initially indicated United States Probation was supervising Patrick and became concerned about the whereabouts of his wife, Drusilla Patrick.  

“When the probation officer received information that Charles Patrick remarried unexpectedly, he questioned Patrick about Drusilla Patrick and received conflicting statements,” the GBI stated. “Subsequently, (U.S.) Probation compared information that a GCSO Sex Offender compliance officer received from Patrick and realized that there were additional discrepancies and cause for concern.”

Patrick was a registered sex offender in Gilmer County and was currently being supervised, as well, by federal probation, according to the sheriff’s office. He was convicted of obscene phone contact with a child in February 2009 in Georgia, according to the GBI’s Sex Offender Registry.

Nicholson stated that excellent “heads up police work” by federal probation officers and the sheriff’s office Sex Offender Registry compliance officer is what led to the solving of a murder and missing person that had never been reported. 

“I cannot begin to give adequate praise to Cpl. Jason Reed and the federal probation officers,” he said, adding he also commends the work of his detectives and the GBI Region 8 agents for their “excellent investigation into a crime that could have very easily never been discovered, much less solved.”

The GBI stated that upon completion of the investigation, the case will be provided to the Appalachian Circuit district attorney for prosecution.  

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