Hours after arresting her husband for lying to police, officers on Friday found the body of a missing mother of four.
Officers found Mrs. Tonya Lynn’s body about 4 p.m. in a well in a wooded area a few miles from Winder off Etheridge Road in Auburn, police spokesman Officer Chris Cooper said.
Now Mr. James Morris Lynn, Jr., 42, who was charged with obstruction, faces a felony murder charge, Officer Cooper said.
Investigators worked through the night interviewing Mr. Lynn before taking him into custody early Friday morning after determining he was lying to police, Officer Cooper said.
Mr. Lynn allegedly revealed some information about what had happened to his 38-year-old wife in the interview.
“The autopsy will hopefully substantiate certain things he divulged in our interviews,” Officer Cooper told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Georgia Crime Lab is conducting the autopsy to determine how Mrs. Lynn died.
The last time a family member spoke to Mrs. Lynn, 38, was about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Officer Cooper has said.
Mrs. Lynn had called to check on her children who were spending the night with a relative.
But then she sent a text message the next day at 6 a.m. to her niece, Ms. Christa Royster.
The message was cryptic: “Please take care of my children. I love you.”
Alarmed, the niece tried to call Mrs. Lynn several times, but the phone was off, Officer Cooper said.
Then a few hours later, she spotted Mrs. Lynn’s Chevy Tahoe abandoned at the public library, not far from her home.
About noon she contacted police and reported her aunt missing, Officer Cooper said.
Investigators were suspicious about the abandoned car, which was found secured and undamaged in an area where Mrs. Lynn was not known to frequent, Officer Cooper said.
Then there was the text message.
Police said they have responded to Mrs. Lynn’s home in the past, at least one of the call was domestic related, Officer Cooper said.
The Lynns, who were living apart, had a tumultuous marriage. A Barrow County judge issued a temporary protective order earlier this year, prohibiting Mr. Lynn from contacting with his wife, the AJC reported.
Mr. Lynn, a mechanic, was charged with battery in May after an incident in which he allegedly threw his wife off a mattress, injuring her knee, the paper reported. During one incident in which police were dispatched to the couple’s home, Mrs. Lynn told an officer her husband “has a violent history.”
When his wife disappeared Wednesday, Mr. Lynn told police when he woke up early that morning she was gone. He said he assumed she left early for work at Athens Regional Medical Center, Officer Cooper said.
“She was supposed to be at work at 7a.m., but she didn’t report to work Wednesday. She didn’t call in,” Officer Cooper said.
Mr. Lynn was in the Bartow County jail Saturday.