UPDATE: Man accused in Georgia woman’s death surrenders to police

UPDATE: DAHLONEGA, Ga. (AP) – A man has surrendered to Pennsylvania authorities on a murder charge in the death of a missing Georgia woman found buried in a shallow grave.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday morning that 22-year-old Austin Todd Stryker is now in custody. Twenty-one-year-old Hannah Bender disappeared from Lumpkin County, Georgia, on Sept. 14 and was found nearly two weeks later in a shallow grave in Forsyth County.

Stryker’s arrest warrant was issued after authorities found Bender’s blood-soaked clothes at a campsite. He was seen in West Virginia before his arrest, and authorities said he was dangerous.

Seventy-eight-year-old Jerry Harper, 19-year-old Dylan Patrick Reid and 18-year-old Isaac Huff were arrested on concealing death charges. Harper and Reid also are charged with evidence tampering.


WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY) – West Virginia State Police are looking for a man wanted for murder and considered dangerous.

Austin Todd Stryker, 22 years old of Dawsonville, Georgia is wanted for murder.

He was last seen in the Clay County West Virginia area wearing blue jeans and a maroon shirt.

Stryker is 5’9″, 150 pounds and has blonde hair.

He is considered dangerous.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the US Marshal Service, West Virginia State Police or other local law enforcement agency.

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