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Columbus police find bombs, possible murder weapon

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Lonnie Ragan (Source: Columbus Police Department) Lonnie Ragan (Source: Columbus Police Department)
Walter Ragan (Source: Columbus Police Department) Walter Ragan (Source: Columbus Police Department)

By Stefanie Tiso

Columbus Police said they may have found the shotgun used in 28-year-old Holly Hearn's murder, along with three explosive devices police believe could belong to the murder suspect, 27-year-old Lonnie Ragan.

Lt. Lynn Joiner said that on Friday, police received information that there may be a person living in Waverly Hall with information related to the murder. Columbus police officers and Harris County sheriff's deputies went to the home and spoke to the man. Joiner said he also handed over a bag with a shotgun in it. That is where Joiner said officers also found three homemade explosive devices. The bomb squad was called in and found the devices were fuse-lit.

Based on what officers found, they obtained a search warrant for Walter Ragan's Talbot County home. He is Lonnie Ragan's father and was arrested after the alleged murder and charged with making terrorist threats. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation also seized items from Ragan's home.

Joiner said the GBI is now looking at the evidence found at the Talbot County home, to determine whether it was involved in the murder. Meanwhile, police are looking into whether the bombs found in Waverly Hall were involved in the murder.

The night of Friday, August 26, police said Lonnie Ragan allegedly went to Holly and Ryan Hearn's Billings Court home and confronted them about his son's location. According to police, Ragan's wife sometimes stayed at the home with their son. Ragan allegedly shot Holly Hearn in the chest, and also shot her husband, wounding him. Police said he fled the scene, but later surrendered to police in Harris County.

Lonnie Ragan's father was arrested days later and charged with making threats in relation to the shooting. In court, he claimed the threats were related to drug activity and not to the alleged murder.

At this point, Joiner said no additional charges have been filed against the father and son in regard to the latest items discovered.


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