By Joe Johnson
A man has been charged in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found Sunday morning in her home in Statham, according to the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office also identified the victim for the first time Wednesday afternoon as 36-year-old Brittnie Aaron Patterson.
Her boyfriend, 46-year-old William Andrew Kinsey was being held on charges of serious injury by motor vehicle and reckless driving.
Kinsey was being held without bail at the Barrow County Detention Center and may be facing additional charges, the sheriff's office said.
Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith said Tuesday afternoon that it appeared as though Patterson had been struck by a vehicle before dying inside her home.
“We are investigating the incident and what occurred at the scene, which included the possibility the deceased female had injuries that could be consistent with being struck by a vehicle,” Smith said.
“We are working with the DA’s office now including the GBI to piece the facts together,” he said.
The sheriff’s office first announced they were investigating a woman’s death in a Sunday morning media release, which stated that deputies were dispatched at about 8:30 a.m.to 88 Goldshore Way in Statham to investigate a neighbor’s report of seeing a trail of blood that led from the driveway to the home’s front door. When deputies arrived they realized that some of the blood was in the shape of a human foot, according to the release.
After looking through a window and seeing more blood inside the home, deputies made forced entry and found the Patterson’s lifeless body.
The cause and manner of Patterson’s death was not yet known by the sheriff's office because the final autopsy report had not yet been released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s State Crime Lab as of Wednesday afternoon.