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Man who played Santa at Walmart is arrested after bodies of his two kids are found buried in his backyard

Jimmy McDuffie said deputies went to Crocker’s home on Rosebud Place in Guyton around 10 p.m. on Dec. 19 to investigate Mary Crocker’s whereabouts.

He added:

Deputies questioned all the adult members in the house. They claimed that Mary was out of town with her mother. Deputies then determined that this was false information.

Information from Elwyn Crocker led investigators to search the grounds of the home and two bodies were discovered buried.

Elwyn Crocker Jr. apparently disappeared in November 2016, when he was 14, police said.

“Neither child had ever been officially reported missing,” McDuffie said at a news conference.

Autopsies were performed on the remains and confirmed the bodies are the Crocker’s children.

Effingham County Coroner David Exley said the cause and manner of death on the children are pending more test, including toxicological reports, ABC reports.

A child who was at the Crocker’s house was taken into protective custody.

In addition to Elwyn Crocker Sr’s arrest., deputies also arrested his wife, Candice Crocker, 33, who is the stepmother of the children, and her mother, Kim Wright, 50. Wright’s boyfriend, Roy Anthony Prater, 55, was also arrested.


Elwyn Crocker Sr and Candice Crocker

All four suspects are charged with concealing the death of another and cruelty to children in the first degree, McDuffie said. Prater also faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance.


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