March 26, 1997 - March 19, 2021
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for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s).
"My prayer is that the guilt of committing this crime will cause this person to come to admitting this selfish act of robbing Elijah of the many years of experiences that my son could have had. The wrong he did to Elijah’s family and friends who loved Elijah and have now been robbed of the many years of fond memories they could have had. The wrong he did to Elijah’s future wife and potential children and future friends and the many blessings that could have come from knowing and loving Elijah. Let us all remember, our words and actions effect more people than we can realize."
Todd Wood, Elijah's Dad
On March 19th, 2021 23 year old Elijah James Wood was senselessly shot and killed while working as a clerk at the RaceTrac gas station in Watkinsville Georgia. While the main focus for so many is finding his killer, we
I’m Oconee County Sheriff James Hale. Elijah Wood’s murder is a tragedy and has been devastating to his family, friends, and to this community. As your Sheriff, It is my personal responsibility to ensure this case is worked as hard
On March 19th, 2021 at approximately 01:30 am a subject armed with a pistol and dressed in all black, wearing yellow and black Battle Sport gloves, a hoodie, and a face mask, which covered all but a small portion of
Based on the investigation thus far there is a strong possibility the suspect in this case is a light skinned African American, Hispanic, Indian, or biracial male in his late teens to early thirties who is 5’10” – 6’0″ tall
This is a very difficult case, and it is still actively being investigated. From the start, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has been assisted by the GBI, FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshals, D.A. Investigators, Office of Community Supervision, Athens Clarke County
Since the the murder of Elijah on March 19th, 2021 the media has covered this case many times. Local and major news outlets have covered the case as well as a local Athens Pod Cast, Classic City Crime hosted by