Body parts of missing Ga. man found in Jasper storage shed

January 14, 2013 

A deadly standoff at a home in Rincon led to the discovery of human remains of a missing Chatham County man in two locations -- one of them a Jasper County storage shed.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and Effingham County Sheriff's deputies went to the Rincon home of Chad Moretz on Friday to question him about the disappearance of Charlie Ray, who was last seen New Year's Eve.

When they arrived, Moretz' brother-in-law Kevin Lambert answered the door and said Moretz had a rifle and "was going to kill them all," according to public information officer David Ehsanipoor of the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

After a standoff of more than four hours, Moretz was shot and killed when he brandished a weapon. Investigators then discovered at least one body part inside the home and received information that led them to a Coastline Storage unit on U.S. 17 in Hardeeville, where more remains were found, Ehsanipoor said.

After an autopsy on the body parts found in the storage shed on Saturday at Medical University of South Carolina, the remains have been identified as Ray. The remains found inside Moretz' home have been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, with results expected later today, Ehsanipoor said.

Lambert and Moretz' wife Kimberly Moretz have been charged with concealing the crime. Ehsanipoor said Chad Moretz is the key suspect in Ray's disappearance and death, but investigators have not determined the motive.

The Jasper County Sheriff's Office and S.C. Law Enforcement Division have also helped with the investigation.

More updates are expected this afternoon. Check islandpacket.com frequently for more information.

Play this video from Savannah television station WTOC for video from Georgia authorities' news conference about the Moretz stand-off.

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