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Sheriff Urges Caution, Call 911
Monday, 02 June 2014

June 2--  In the aftermath of the Robin Matthews murder in Vidalia, Toombs County Sheriff Junior Kight is urging you to use caution and call 911 if you're approached by a stranger or see a situation where help may be required.

The young woman was killed after police say a homeless man got in her car at the Vidalia Walmart and asked for a ride.  He turned out to be an ex-con and a sex offender.

"He gave her one of these sad stories.  It was raining and I reckon she just wasn't thinking and a lot of people would have done the same thing," Sheriff Kight said.

A passing motortist alerted police to the Matthew's crime scene and Sheriff Kight says that's exactly what should have happened.

"You driving down a street and you see somebody walking around acting like he was acting with a car sitting in the middle of the road, there's not a thing in the world to do but to pick up the phone and call 911 and tell us what you saw.  He may be broken down, that's fine, but let us go check him out.

"We get hundreds of calls that's nothing to it that we check out almost everyday, but you know what, if it saves one life, it's worth it all.

The sheriff also notes there's a record of 911 calls that can help investigators in the event of a crime.

"911 is recorded.  You don't have to say who you are, but we can go back and use that if something is going on," he said.


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