Five family members charged with murder after a 14-year-old girl was found buried in the backyard

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Five family members including a father who once worked as a Walmart Santa have been arrested after the bodies of two children were found buried in the backyard of a Georgia home.

Elwyn Crocker Snr., 50, has been jailed on charges of murder in relation to the death of his 14-year-old daughter, Mary, whose body was found five days before Christmas as officers carried out a child welfare check in Guyton.

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Mary Crocker hadn't been seen since October, police say.

An anonymous tip lead to an investigation of the property, where Mary was found buried in a muddy patch near a line of trees.

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Also unearthed during the grim discovery was the corpse of Elwyn Jr., 14, who hadn't been seen since November 2016.

Effing County Sheriff Jim McDuffie refused to speculate whether Crocker Snr. would face charges in relation to Jr.'s death, but he insisted officials are carrying out a thorough investigation.

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'We've just got a lot more information on Mary because of course, it's more recent. With Jr, it was two years old, and we're just trying to put together the pieces on what happened with that,' McDuffie told WTOC.

A third child, 11, who is said to have learning difficulties, was found alive and well at the property. He's since been taken into the state's care.

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Neither of the children had been reported missing by the Crocker family before their remains were found on December 20.

When questioned by officers inside the home, Crocker allegedly claimed Mary had gone to live with her mother in South Carolina.

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Discovering the information to be 'false and not accurate', officers arrested the 50-year-old, which was soon followed by the apprehension of the children's 33-year-old stepmother Candice Crocker and 50-year-old step-grandmother Kim Wright.

Candice's brother Mark Wright, 31, and Kim's boyfriend Roy Prater, 55, have now also been arrested in...
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