By Joe Johnson
The body of a missing woman from Gwinnett County was found Tuesday morning buried at a home near Bethlehem, according to the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators arrived at the house on Tanners Bridge Road after receiving information related to the search for Kim Mason, who had previously been reported missing, according to a media release from the sheriff’s office.
“Upon further investigation at the scene, investigators determined there was evidence of a crime and obtained a search warrant for the residence,” the release stated.
During the search, authorities found Mason’s body buried in the crawl space underneath the house.
Deputies arrested Adam Heard in connection with the body’s discovery.
Authorities provided no information about the man, except to say that Heard was charged with concealing the death of another, tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of theft by taking and violating his probation, Sears said. Additional charges are possible pending the results of Mason’s autopsy.
The sheriff’s office has not said if Heard and Mason knew each other, nor say if they knew the cause of death. They also did not say how old Mason was, how long she had been missing, or where in Gwinnett she lived.
However, the woman’s sister posted on Facebook that the last time Mason was seen or heard from was about noon on Saturday, her vehicle was subsequently found abandoned in a parking lot and she believed that Mason had been taken against her will.
She said that Mason was the mother of four boys.
The case is being investigated by the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, the Gwinnett County Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Classic City News will update this story as more information becomes available.