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2 charged in rape, murder of Waycross woman

Abandoned car leads police to woman's body

Ware Couty Sheriff's Office booking photo of Ryan Raulerson and Namon Wilcox
Ware Couty Sheriff's Office booking photo of Ryan Raulerson and Namon Wilcox

WAYCROSS, Ga. – Two men were arrested early Tuesday morning on charges connected to a weekend stabbing death of 57-year-old Suzanne Stillwell, according to the Waycross County Police Department.

Police said arrest warrants for murder, rape, aggravated assault and burglary were served on Namon Wilcox Jr., 23 and Christopher Raulerson, 41.

Stillwell was found dead on McDonald Street on Monday, but police believe that was believed killed at some point over the weekend. The Ware County 911 center received a call about an abandoned vehicle on a dirt path in the 2500 block of Lejune Road around 9:15 p.m. Sunday. Officers attempted to find the owner of the vehicle but were unsuccessful.

Police tried again Monday to locate the owner of the vehicle and went to the address because there was "cause for concern." Officers found Stillwell's body inside.

Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner said Raulerson was a former roommate of Stillwell's, but he had recently moved out. 

Ware County Sheriff's Office detectives assisted in developing leads that led them to Raulerson and Wilcox.