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Police rule woman's death a homicide
Victim identified as Brandie Danielle Davis, 19, of McDonough
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      Autopsy reports Wednesday revealed a 19-year-old Ogeechee Technical College student was strangled to death in her Statesboro apartment.
Brandie Danielle Davis, a 19-year-old from McDonough, was found dead Tuesday in Campus Crossings apartment #508, around 3:40, said Statesboro Police Chief Stan York.
       "Preliminary autopsy reports conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Savannah Crime Lab revealed the victim's death was ruled a homicide by a medical examiner," he said.
       Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch said Wednesday the cause of death was "strangulation due to homicide."
      Rumors flew Tuesday night about Davis' death, but most were untrue, said Statesboro Police Capt. Scott Brunson. Reports on the street that she was stabbed were incorrect, and "there was absolutely nothing to show she had been sexually assaulted," he said.
      "Detectives with the Statesboro Police Criminal Investigation Division are actively conducting a thorough investigation regarding the case," Chief York said. "Based on the information available at this time, the crime appears to be an isolated incident."
       The time of death is estimated to be between late Monday night and early Tuesday, he said. He declined to comment upon whether there were any signs of struggle in the apartment, stating that releasing excessive details could interfere with the investigation.
       Davis was a student at Ogeechee Technical College, Brunson said.
       "Ogeechee Tech counseling staff will be available to assist students and faculty as necessary in dealing with this untimely death," said Barry Turner, OTC's executive director for public relations
       "We sincerely regret this tragic event and offer our condolences and support to those who are impacted by this death," said OTC president Dr. Dawn Cartee.
       Wednesday afternoon, the atmosphere was quiet around Campus Crossings apartments, a cluster of buildings each housing 12 apartments off Lanier Road.
       Students came back and forth, some sitting quietly on their balconies. One couple who lived in apartment near Davis' declined to comment on the record "due to respect," but said Davis was a " ery nice girl" and extended condolences to her family.
       Another neighbor who lives in an adjacent building said the news someone was killed was "pretty shocking."
       "She and I went to the same high school," said Kramer Roberson, 20. "It's pretty nuts that it happened here, very unfortunate. It's a lot to take."
Max Frye, 19, also lives in the apartment complex. He said he met Davis once.
       "It's unsettling," he said about the realization that a homicide occurred a few doors down. "It's a little strange to have something like that happen so close to home."
       Brittanie Barber, 20, also lives nearby. She said rumors have been flying about Davis' death, and wasn't aware Wednesday afternoon her death was ruled a homicide.
       "It's kind of creepy," she said. But since she is usually very cautious, the murder hasn't frightened her that much, she said. "I guess I've been desensitized, sad as that is," she said. "I'm always very careful, and I do watch out for myself. Crime has gotten a lot worse around Statesboro."
       Anyone with information regarding the death is asked to contact Det. Sgt. James Winskey the Statesboro Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at (912) 764-1542. All calls will remain confidential, he said.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 489-9414.


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