A man was arrested on a murder charge Tuesday after his girlfriend was found dead inside a hotel room, the Kingsland Police Department said.
Officers responding to a 911 hang-up call from the Econo Lodge in Kingsland at 12:55 a.m. Tuesday found a 62-year-old Jacksonville woman dead of head trauma in one of the rooms, according to police.
The woman was identified as Ruthene Tukes, who was a guest at the hotel.
Hotel staff said they heard a woman screaming right before police showed up.
Evidence retrieved from the room by Kingsland police, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations led them to David Chavell Monroe, 39, of Folkston. When Folkston police officers went to Monroe's home, they said he had blood on his shoes and shorts and Turkes' vehicle was parked in the front yard.
Monroe was booked into the Camden County jail on a charge of first-degree murder.
Ruthene Tukes was described as the backbone of her family.
"I loved her so much. She was my sweetest, innocent and goodest grandmother I could ever have," said Eric Collins, her grandson.