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Hagan man charged with mothers death
Officials also investigating homicide in Pembroke
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    A Hagan man was charged with murdering his mother Tuesday and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents are seeking answers regarding the murder of a man whose body was found in his Pembroke home Monday.
    Palmer Durrence, 47, Timber Lane, Hagan, was arrested in Greenville County, S.C. Tuesday and remained in jail there Wednesday, said Statesboro GBI Special Agent-in-Charge Chris Hosey. He will be extradited to Evans County.
    Durrence’s mother, Elizabeth P. Durrence, 72, was found dead in her home, which she shared with Palmer Durrence, around 3 p.m. Tuesday, by a family member, he said.
    Hosey said investigators have yet to determine the “definite cause of death,” but had enough evidence to charge Palmer Durrence with murder.
    Ms. Durrence’s vehicle was missing, and special agents linked evidence to determine Palmer Durrence was a suspect, and he was later found with the aid of Greenville, S.C. sheriff’s officials, Hosey said.
    As of late Wednesday, no arrest was made in Monday’s Pembroke murder, said Statesboro GBI Special Agent Chuck Sullenger.
    Around 7:50 a.m. Monday, Pembroke Police officers responded to a welfare check request at a Rogers Road residence and found James L. Young, 66, dead in his home, he said.
    The death is listed as a homicide, but no further details are being released, since the murder remains under investigation, he said. Young had been seen alive Sunday, he said.
    Anyone with any information in either murder is asked to call the Statesboro GBI office at (912) 871-1121. All calls will be held in confidence.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 489-9414. 
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