Metter man arrested for removing evidence from scene

The scene under investigation. 

On July 14, Ray Marvin Doyle, 50, of Candler County, was arrested by the Candler County Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding warrant for criminal trespass. He was booked into the Candler County Sheriff’s Office Jail and made bond the same day.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on March 17, when fire investigators with Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King’s office discovered Doyle, along with Donna Lee Reed, 63, of Lyons, removing items to salvage from a mobile home that had previously burned down on March 15.

“These individuals were caught removing items and altering evidence from the scene of the fire during an ongoing investigation,” said Commissioner King. “This type of action harms our investigators’ ability to determine the cause of a fire and I’m pleased that this individual is now in custody.”

Commissioner King’s Fire Investigations Unit is assisting the Candler County Sheriff’s Office and the Metter Fire Department with this case. 

Doyle was again arrested on July 19 by Candler County Sheriff’s Office for simple battery.

According to Sheriff’s Captain Justin Wells, “That arrest was a separate incident ... but the arrest appears to stem from a domestic incident on St. Matthews Church Road.”

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