Police charge twin brothers after finding body in buried concrete
POSTED: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 6:34pm
Winder, GA (WGCL) — Police are trying to determine if a body found encased in cement and buried in the backyard of a home in Winder is that of a missing Florida man.
On Monday, investigators discovered the body in the backyard of a home on Sixth Avenue.
The body had been placed in a plastic container before it was encased in the cement, according to a Winder police spokesperson.
An autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation revealed the victim suffered blunt-force trauma to the back of his head. While he had not yet been identified, he had a tattoo on his back, just below his neck, according to police.
Investigators discovered the body after receiving a missing persons report from the police department in Pensacola, FL.
Sean Dugas, a former reporter with the Pensacola News Journal, was reported missing several weeks ago. Dugas worked for the paper from 2005 to 2010.
The call about Dugas led police to William Cormier's home, where they made the grisly discovery.
Cormier said his 31-year-old twin sons, Christopher Cormier and William Cormier III, told him they had recently driven back from Pensacola with a friend.
William Cormier said his sons told him that they had dropped the man off somewhere along the trip, but before they parted ways, he gave them his dog.
The twins told their father the dog died, so they buried it in their his backyard.
"I thought it was a dog," Cormier told CBS Atlanta News.
When asked if he believed his sons were connected to the man's death, William Cormier couldn't give a definite answer.
"You're asking a question I can't answer," he said. "This is 100 percent out of their character and I don't understand."
William Cormier said he was struggling to understand how something so terrible could have happened and how his sons could be connected to it.
"I have to believe in my heart that he died naturally and my sons panicked and did the wrong thing," William Cormier said.
Police arrested the twins and charged them with concealing a body.
Christopher Cormier is in custody at the Barrow County jail and his brother is being held in Jackson. Police said the brothers were separated so they wouldn't be able to communicate with each other while incarcerated.
William Cormier said he and his sons are not monsters and that he hopes for the best, but is bracing for the worst.
"Nothing good is going to come of this," he said. "There's no way anything good can come out of this."
The brothers could face more charges, police said.