(SAVANNAH) It isn’t easy for any squad of homicide detectives in any city to solve a lone case of triple murder where the killings are not domestic-related. Investigators with the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department are faced with two crimes with six victims who were killed. There is no arrest in either case, which bear similarities, even though they were crimes committed months apart in different neighborhoods.
The first triple murder investigation of the year was launched on Savannah’s east side. Detectives were called to a home at the intersection of N.E. 36th and Live Oak Streets. Police discovered an open front door and the bodies of three men inside. Anderson Mells, Jr., Garry Mells, and Johnnie Green died in the home on the northeast corner of the intersection. Last Thursday, detectives were called to a home in the 800 block of Lynah Street in Carver Heights on Savannah’s west side. They were responding to reports of an open door and found three victims, two females and a male, deceased inside. The victims were later identified as 21 year old Kiana Marshall, 19 year old Alexis Kitchens, and 18 year old Isaiah Martin. Metro’s patrol officers, Violent Crimes investigators, Forensics Unit and command staff responded to both scenes to gather evidence and begin the search for leads in the case.
WSAV Crime Expert, Jerry Long, says glaring similarities do not mean there’s a connection between the crimes, even in the rare instance of two triple homicides in a single jurisdiction in a single calendar year. “What we have that is similar is that the door was left open at the resident and you three victims, but there are so many other components when you’re looking for similarities in crimes and particularly homicides,” Long said. The retired police major goes on to point to victimology. “You had one of your victims was older, then you had a couple of younger victims. All of the victims in West Savannah were younger.” Longs says her 30 years with the police department in Savannah teaches her that it takes help from the public to find the break they need to find the people responsible. “In all instances in these triple homicides, both, as well as any other homicide that has occurred, such as the body that was dumped on the Truman Parkway, there is somebody out there that knows something about the individuals or about the instance in which they were killed,” Long said. She adds that anyone with information on this case should call CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.