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 as possible. Our number one goal is to bring Elijah’s killer to justice no matter how long that takes.

There has been a great deal of public interest in this case, which has led to many theories and other speculative information being reported by private citizens on the internet. While no one’s intent is to jeopardize this case, false information can be damaging to the actual investigation.

In order to ensure the public has access to the official information released by law enforcement in this case, we have created this website, which is dedicated to the Elijah Wood murder investigation.

We appreciate all the out pouring of support for the family and for the Sheriff’s Office from the community. We ask that you continue to be patient as we investigate this terrible crime.

Anyone with information on this case should call the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 769-3945

Anyone with knowledge of or pertinent information about this crime is urged to contact the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office by phone at (706) 769-3945, email at zeaton@oconeesheriff.org, or through the tips portal on this website.