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Barrow County Murders Tied to Opioid Investigation

22 hours ago

In Barrow County, a double homicide from last year has recently been connected to an international opioid investigation.


In the days following the May 2019 killing of Ron and Dorothy Hess, the elderly couple’s identities were stolen and posted online. This is according to Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith.

The couple’s identities are suspected to have been purchased by Durrell Tyler, who is connected to a number of similar identity theft schemes, and a larger international investigation into illicit opioid distribution in the United States.