JASPER COUNTY

VIDEO: Ga. man's body parts found in Jasper County storage shed

astice@islandpacket.comJanuary 14, 2013 

Human remains of a missing Georgia man were found in a storage unit at Coastline Storage on Speedway Boulevard 4 miles south of Hardeeville in Jasper County.

DELAYNA EARLEY, STAFF PHOTO

Remains of a missing Georgia man were discovered in a Jasper County storage shed this weekend -- one of two places where body parts were found after a deadly standoff with the man's suspected killer.

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

Moretz's 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 came outside brandishing a rifle and was shot to death.

Investigators discovered at least one body part in the home and received information that led them to a Coastline Storage unit on U.S. 17 in Jasper County, where more remains were found, Ehsanipoor said.

The remains from the shed were identified as Ray's after an autopsy Saturday at the Medical University of South Carolina.

On Monday, remains found inside Moretz's home also were identified as Ray's, after a separate autopsy at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Ehsanipoor said. The autopsy determined Ray died of stab wounds. Ehsanipoor said he was dismembered "probably by using a saw."

Ehsanipoor said Moretz is the main suspect in Ray's disappearance and death, but investigators have not determined the motive. The two had been friends, authorities said.

Lambert and Moretz's wife, Kimberly Moretz, have been charged with concealing the death. They have been denied bond and remain in the Effingham County jail.

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

Coastline Storage owner Dennis Stone said he first learned of the standoff from news reports. He said he was shocked when officers arrived with a search warrant and made the discovery in one of the 133 units.

He had never had contact with Chad Moretz, he said.

"People put their stuff in here and put their own locks on it," he said. "The only way to check what's inside is to cut the lock off."

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