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Three rescued from the river, arrested for burglary

Three people are in the Houston County Detention Center on charges of burglary, theft by taking, and criminal trespass. They were arrested when they were rescued from being stranded in a cabin on the Ocmulgee River.

Twiggs County Sheriffs responded to a missing persons report on January 19th, to the boat landing at River Road in Twiggs County. They were met by the father of one of the suspects and another man who reported the three missing.

The man who filed the missing persons' report says the four of them were staying at a cabin on River Road, when John Rauser, and Devan Smith of Byron, along with Carrie Glass of Fort Valley, decided to cross the river and steal some four-wheelers. He took them across the river and left. That was on the evening of January 18th.

When family members were unable to contact the missing people, they contacted Peach County, who was able to locate the missing people by their cell phone, and Twiggs County Sheriffs were contacted. While searching for the missing people, they found a cabin had been broken into, and four-wheelers were missing. The river was flooded, and there was no way out of the swamp area around the cabin. The suspects were later found along the bank about a mile from the cabin surrounding a fire.

The cabin is located in Houston County, and the Houston County Sheriff's office took the three into custody. Georgia State Patrol and the Department of Natural Resources also assisted in the search.


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