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Man charged in Jacksonville woman's death

Police find victim's body in woods in Nassau County

Brandi Nanan
Brandi Nanan

YULEE, Fla. – Police in Georgia have charged Charles Dennis Casey, 35, with murder in the death of a 33-year-old Jacksonville woman whose body was found Monday in the woods near the Florida-Georgia border.

After finding the victims pickup truck in St. Marys, Georgia, police said they found the identification of 33-year-old Brandi Michelle, and found blood inside and outside the vehicle. Police who went to Casey's home in St. Marys said he told them they could find her body in the woods off U.S. 17 behind Casey’s Liquor and Lounge, about 2 miles south of the Florida-Georgia border.

News4Jax learned the bar used to be owned by Charles Casey's father.

Police said Nanan had a Jacksonville address.

According to the arrest warrant obtained Wednesday by News4Jax, Casey returned home early Sunday morning, told someone there that he'd been doing drugs and hurt someone, and then went on to say he was a monster and he snapped.

It's unclear how well Nanan and Casey knew each other. 

Nanan's neighbor, DeVaugh Wilson, said she had four children who she loved, was social and outgoing and always seemed to have a job.

"She was very tough. Definitely a fighter," Wilson said. "Always spunky, feisty. Kind of hotheaded, but not in a bad way."

Nanan's mother and father will be taking in their four grandchildren. Since their grandmother must leave her job and make some changes to their home, they have set up a crowdfunding site asking for help from the community.

"We are in need of help, not only for the children's wellbeing but also to hold a service for Brandi. We would also like to send the kids to a summer counseling camp so they can get any help they need and also to give them a distraction while they go through this time in their lives," Sheryl Lawson wrote on FreeFunder.com.

Casey, who is accused of murder in Camden County, has only one previous arrest -- a 2001 charge for burglary. 

Police are asking individuals with information about the case to call the Camden County Sheriff’s Office at 912-510-5100 or the anonymous tip line at 912-510-5163.