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June 02, 2010 Tommy Long, Southern District of Georgia (912) 652-4577
Marshals Capture Rincon Homicide Suspect

SERFTF LogoSavannah, GA - A man wanted by the Rincon Police Department was arrested by the United States Marshals Service on June 1, 2010.

Chris Todd Lowery, 45, was wanted by the Rincon Police Department on a warrant for Theft by Taking a Motor Vehicle issued on May 25, 2010 in Rincon, Georgia. Lowery allegedly stole a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am belonging to Linda Schaffer. Lowery is also a person of interest/suspect in the death of Schaffer. The case was being worked by the Rincon Police Department and the Ogeechee Circuit District Attorney’s office. When it was determined that Lowery had fled the state, the case was referred to the United States Marshals Service Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force for help. Numerous leads were worked by the Rincon Police and District Attorney’s Office which suggested that Lowery may have returned to his home state of West Virginia. The Marshals Fugitive Task Force generated leads that placed Lowery in the Parkersburg, West Virginia area. Lowery’s parents and other family members live in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Although family members were contacted by telephone around May 28, 2010, by the Rincon Police Department and put on notice that Lowery was a person of interest, none of the family members had seen or heard from Lowery. On June 1, 2010, the Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force discovered that Lowery could possibly be at a local motel in the Parkersburg, West Virginia area. The Savannah Task Force enlisted the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Charleston, West Virginia Fugitive Task Force to try and locate Lowery. When the West Virginia Marshals arrived in Parkersburg, WV, they began to check all of the motels. It was determined that Lowery had been staying at the Red Roof Inn since approximately May 28, 2010. The West Virginia Marshals then interviewed Lowery’s parents who stated that they had not seen or heard from Lowery. Ironically, the Red Roof Inn where Lowery was staying was only a stone’s throw from his parent’s residence. Experience has proven that most fugitives will run to an area where they feel comfortable and can get support in the way of food, money, and shelter. In this case Lowery went against the norm by not contacting family members even though he was only a mile away.

Unfortunately by the time the Marshals got to the Red Roof Inn, Lowery had checked out. The West Virginia Marshals enlisted the assistance of the West Virginia State Police and the public in trying to find Lowery. At approximately 10pm on June 1, 2010, the Marshals generated new leads that placed Lowery just across the state line into Marietta, Ohio. During a canvas of the motels in the area, the West Virginia Marshals located the 2004 Pontiac Grand Am at a Microtel motel.. The Marshals determined which room Lowery was in and were able to arrest him without incident. Lowery was taken to the local jail to await extradition back to Effingham County, Georgia.

Annually, investigations carried out by the U.S. Marshals result in the apprehension of over 36, 000 federal fugitives. More federal fugitives are arrested by the Marshals Service than all other federal agencies combined.

The Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force has three offices: Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah. The task force covers the whole state of Georgia. The Savannah Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of investigators from the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department, the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Marshals Service. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug crimes, sex offenders, and other felonies. In 2009, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 90,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.