Lawrencville missing person's case being treated as homicide

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For the first time since Samuel Waters vanished seven months ago, Lawrenceville Police publicly described the missing person’s case of Samuel Waters as a homicide investigation.

Thursday, SKYFOX 5 hovered above as GBI and Lawrenceville Police investigators examined and a burn barrel in the backyard of a Hall County home on Shadburn Ferry Road. Police said they secured a search warrant– hoping to dig up solid clues that might solve the case.

“Until we have definitive information to prove otherwise, we are going to use all of our resources and treat this case as a homicide,” Lawrenceville Police Captain Jeff Smith told FOX 5's Portia Bruner.

Loved ones said Waters was last seen on January 4th at his Lawrenceville home. His sister, Consuela Acosta said he was with a friend who is the nephew of the man who owns the Lake Lanier home that investigators searched. Citing the ongoing investigation, Captain Smith declined to elaborate on the connection between the Hall County homeowner and the missing 21 year old.

“We removed several items from this home and we will be processing them at our headquarters in the hopes of solving this case,” Smith said in front of the lake home.

Captain Smith said the homeowner provided investigators access to the home and the yard as they executed their search warrant.

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