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tradgedy in St Marys, GA

ST. MARYS, Ga. -
A man and a woman are missing, and the remains of one person were found on a boat that was found burning early Monday morning in St. Marys, according to investigators.

Investigators are also looking for a person of interest.

St. Marys police said they were called to the suspicious boat fire at the St. Marys Boat Yard located along North River area of New Point Peter Road about 3:20 a.m. Monday.

Investigators said there were suspicious audible sounds on a 911 call overheard by a dispatcher.

Officers said they saw the boat on fire while moored about 50 to 75 yards off shore.

Investigators searched the waterway, marshlands and shore lines along North River looking for anyone who may have abandoned the boat, but they didn't find anyone.

Officers said they recovered a small, dingy watercraft that was capsized and was believed to have belonged to the owner of the boat. They said the dingy had charring to the hull and the mooring line appeared to have been burnt from where it was tied to the boat.

The burning 37-foot boat, called the Great Harbour, was maneuvered closer to the St. Marys Boat Yard dock, where firefighters put the fire out.

Investigators said the boat owner, Karen Barnes, could not be found. In their search efforts, officers were directed to a neighboring boat owned by Larry Ford, who was supposed to be aboard his boat and was an
acquaintance of Barnes. Investigators said they searched Ford's boat and determined he, too, was missing from the area.

Investigators said that based on information received from interviewing of people at the boat yard and the 911 audio recording, it is possible Barnes and Ford may have been on board the boat at the time of the fire, but no confirmation of Ford being on board was found.

Investigators said they also found out that Barnes and her ex-husband, David Trauger, were involved in a dispute over the boat after Barnes was initially awarded the boat as part of the divorce property settlement.

Trauger was known to be in the St. Marys area prior to the boat fire and was a suspect in a previous burglary and criminal damage investigation involving the boat that occurred in July at the St Marys Boat Yard.

Barnes and Trauger were scheduled to appear in Brunswick Superior Court on Tuesday in connection with the ownership of the boat involved in the fire. A temporary Family Violence Protection Order was issued through the court on Aug. 3 by Barnes, but Trauger could not be found to be served with the protection order by Glynn County authorities, investigators said.

During the initial processing of the boat, crime scene investigators found the charred remains of one human skeleton. Because of the condition of the remains, it could not be determined whether they were that of a man or woman. The remains were collected and transported to the Camden County
Coroners Office for storage and transport to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner's Office for identification analysis. It's unclear how long the forensic analysis will take to complete investigators said.

Local authorities have issued local, state and national attempts to locate bulletins for Trauger in connection with the July burglary. He is considered a person of interest in the boat fire investigation.

The search continues for Barnes and Ford as there is no confirmation at this time that either one of the them are dead, investigators said. They are still considered to be missing and endangered.

Trauger, 67, is described as a white man, 160-170 pounds, with a slender build. He is an avid boater and is
known to own numerous properties up and down the East Coast.

Anyone with any information on Trauger's whereabouts is asked to call the St. Marys Police Department.
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Re: tradgedy in St Marys, GA

Who's going to write the book?
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She shouldn't have taken the boat.
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Re: tradgedy in St Marys, GA

Found, confronted, shot, killed - Case closed.

Police shoot, kill suspect in house fire | Georgia News - Home

This all occured at the yard where we keep our boat (and in the town where we've spent thousands and thousands of dollars over the past couple of years). After reading on a few online boards just how the St. Mary's and Kingsland locals seem to feel about boaters in the area, we've decided that when we get back to the boat in Oct, we're pulling out of GA for good.

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Come to FloriDAH.

edit by tdw - Come on Parrot that may or may not be true but really uncalled for.

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Re: tradgedy in St Marys, GA

Is this site moderated? Paradise...your insecurity is showing...
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Re: tradgedy in St Marys, GA

First....Parrot you should be banned for such a vulgar and inappropriate post.

Secondly....just wow. Talk about someone snapping. Dude really went off the deep end.

Divorce...she gets the boat....starts hooking up with new boyfriend on it (I'm guessing).....dude goes insane, kills them both and burns the boat.

Well, at least he saved the taxpayers some money....no need for a trial or to house him in a prison....and probably have to pay for his medical expenses in his old age.

It is a tragedy though....really sad. Sometimes when you mess with people...man you just never know how they'll react.
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First....Learn to take a joke. Cobb county GA actually tried to put Bible Creation myths in there school curriculum and Stone Mountain is the beating heart of the KKK so they deserve a little picking on don't you think. And if the Previous Posters don't want to spend there money in an anti-boating enviroment then I will support there decision.
According to another post on this fine forum staying longer than 30 days on the hook is illegal in GA.

Second this couple and the boyfriend brought the misery upon themselves.

I know its easier not to take responsibility.

When kids pick up guns and start shooting up schools its as much the fault of the bullies that created the shooters and the teachers for turning a blind eye and the parents of the concerned for not paying attention and the other students for not reporting the bullying. There are no innocents.

She most likely told her lawyer to go after the boat in the divorce to hurt him.
I mean the only photo of the husband that was in the paper showed him on the boat.
IF assets were the issue then sell it and put the cash in the pot right?
She knew he was off the deep end right as there was a restraining order.
So she hangs on the boat with the boyfriend. I am sorry they all died but they brought it upon themselves.

And in the words of Forrest Gump "That's all I have to say about that"
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Re: tradgedy in St Marys, GA

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First....Learn to take a joke. Cobb county GA actually tried to put Bible Creation myths in there school curriculum and Stone Mountain is the beating heart of the KKK so they deserve a little picking on don't you think. And if the Previous Posters don't want to spend there money in an anti-boating enviroment then I will support there decision.
According to another post on this fine forum staying longer than 30 days on the hook is illegal in GA.

Second this couple and the boyfriend brought the misery upon themselves.

I know its easier not to take responsibility.

When kids pick up guns and start shooting up schools its as much the fault of the bullies that created the shooters and the teachers for turning a blind eye and the parents of the concerned for not paying attention and the other students for not reporting the bullying. There are no innocents.

She most likely told her lawyer to go after the boat in the divorce to hurt him.
I mean the only photo of the husband that was in the paper showed him on the boat.
IF assets were the issue then sell it and put the cash in the pot right?
She knew he was off the deep end right as there was a restraining order.
So she hangs on the boat with the boyfriend. I am sorry they all died but they brought it upon themselves.

And in the words of Forrest Gump "That's all I have to say about that"
Your sense of priorities are so skewed I'm not sure where to start. I suspect you are the same type of person who blames the victim of a rape because she was wearing a skirt? You and the Taliban would see eye to eye in your philosophies.

Since when is a material possession worth a human life? As this was a court ordered divorce settlement it would mean that the murderer also got his fair share, whatever that was. I've been through divorce, and though acrimonious at the time, once the law settled our case, it's over. In fact, we still talk from time to time.

If the other male involved actually was her boyfriend, so what? She was divorced. To state they brought it on themselves is so over the top.

Please take some time to reevaluate your sense of morals and priorities, as the ones displayed here could become a detriment to society if they continue to spiral in the direction you have indicated. Professional help always is an option.
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