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Folkston man charged with murder

A Folkston man was charged with murder this afternoon after a woman was found dead in a Kingsland hotel early this morning.

David Chavell Monroe, 39, has been arrested and charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of Ruthene Tukes, 62, of Jacksonville, Fla.

At about 12:55 a.m., Kingsland Police Department officers responded to a hotel where a 911 hang up call had originated. Officers spoke with hotel staff and learned that a guest had called 911 to report a woman screaming for help, according to a KPD press release.

They figured out which room the screams had come from and found Tukes lying on the floor. Tukes appeared to have died from head trauma.

KPD investigators worked with Camden County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to collect evidence that led to Monroe becoming a person of interest.

They contacted the Folkston Police Department and officers visited Monroe’s last known address where Tukes’ car was parked in the front yard. When officers were able to locate Monroe, they noticed blood on his shoes and shorts and arrested him.

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