The bodies of two young men who went missing on Dec. 21, 2018, have been found months later with gunshot wounds.
Gwinnett County Police Department confirmed Joshua Jackson and Derrick Ruff, both 25, were located inside a storage unit at the Extra Space Storage in Lawrenceville, Georgia, on March 17.
“After the investigators assigned to the Homicide Unit opened the unit’s garage door, the victims were found. It appears that they died of gunshot wounds,” police said in a public statement. “The bodies have been preliminarily identified as Derrick D. Ruff (age 25) and Joshua L. Jackson (age 25). Notification has been made to the victims’ families.”
The bodies of Derrick Ruff & Joshua Jackson were discovered in a storage unit off Lawrenceville Hwy on Sunday. The men were reported missing through Athens Clarke County Police. We’re seeking tips in the whereabouts of suspect Robert Carlisle. 404-577-8477 @StopCrimeATL pic.twitter.com/BTQJhS4mTB
— Gwinnett Police Dept (@GwinnettPd) March 19, 2019
The department’s Corporal Michele Pihera is now leading the double homicide investigation with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force and Athens-Clarke County Police Department (ACCPD) team led by Criminal Investigation Bureau Captain Jerry Saulters.
Jackson and Ruff were last seen in a Ford Expedition at about 10 p.m. on Dec. 18 last year. Police found the abandoned vehicle three days later in a neighborhood off Monfort Road in Lawrenceville.
— FOX 46 Charlotte (@FOX46News) January 4, 2019
The pair were discovered with the help of cadaver dogs from Alpha Team K9 Search and Rescue while patrolling the Lawrenceville Highway near Clearwater Place. The canines alerted police to a storage unit in the Extra Space Storage facility.
Four suspects have been identified and their motives appear to be gang-related. They include Robert Carlisle, 32, Justin Davis, 29, Lesley Green, 30, and Shabbazz Guidry, 24.
“The investigators are in the process of identifying all the suspects in this case. As of now, two people have been charged in relation to this crime,” police said.
#BREAKING @GwinnettPd have identified another suspect in the deaths of Derrick Ruff & Joshua Jackson. Police are searching for Justin Davis for conspiracy to commit a crime. Robert Carlisle is also still on the run. The victims’ bodies were found in a storage unit. #fox5atl pic.twitter.com/41KR3EvLC0
— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) March 27, 2019
Green, who is from Stone Mountain, is being held at Gwinnett County Jail, charged with two counts of concealing the death of another.
Although Carlisle, from Lithonia, has two active warrants for concealing the death of another he was not in police custody at the time of publication.
“As more suspects are identified, additional people could be charged,” police said. “Green and Carlisle could face more criminal charges.”
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Detectives are trying to determine the link between the storage facility unit, suspects, and victims.
“The renters of the storage unit have been cooperative with this investigation,” police said.
A cash reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.
On Sunday, March 17, 2019, the bodies of Joshua Jackson and Derrick Ruff were located in Gwinnett County. Today, the Gwinnett County Police Department and the ACCPD held a press conference about the search for Derrick and Joshua and the Homicide investigation being led by GCPD. Cpl. Michele Pihera, Public Information Officer from GCPD, and ACCPD Criminal Investigation Bureau Captain Jerry Saulters participated in the press conference.
Posted by Athens-Clarke County Police Department on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Anyone with information is asked to contact Gwinnett County Police Department by phoning 770 513 5300. Anonymous reports can be made by phoning Crime Stoppers at 404 577 8477 or visiting www.stopcrimeatl.com.