Two arrested in body dumping case
by Rebecca Johnston
September 04, 2013 12:43 AM | 4886 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marty Gaddis
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JASPER — Two people are in custody and charged with concealing the death of the 20-year-old daughter of a Holly Springs police officer and more arrests are expected, Pickens County officials say.

The body of Taylor Deloria Smith of Holly Springs, a former Creekview High School cheerleader and graduate, was found abandoned outside a trailer home in Jasper on Thursday by police after a 911 call, according to police reports.

Smith suffered from asthma and an autopsy report revealed she had a seizure related to the disease, said Capt. Frank Reynolds of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, which is conducting a joint investigation with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation into the incident.

“Basically the folks she was with did not help her get medical help; they put her to bed and checked on her during the night,” Reynolds said. “They then found her unresponsive, tried to revive her, and then they loaded her up in the car and dropped her off and called 911.”

Deputies found her body between a trailer and a vehicle, he said.

A search warrant of the house where Smith spent the night revealed drugs which are believed to be methamphetamines, Reynolds said.

Marty Gaddis, 38, is charged with abandonment of a dead body, concealing the death of another, two counts of tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance and reckless conduct in the case, Reynolds said.

The second arrest made was that of Denise F. Patterson, 51, who also was charged with abandonment of a body, two counts of tampering with evidence, illegal possession of a controlled substance, concealing the death of another and reckless conduct, he said.

“More arrests are likely in this case,” Reynolds said.

Meanwhile, Lt. Tanya Smith of the Holly Springs Police Department, the victim’s mother, told Fox 5 Atlanta, the Cherokee Tribune’s news partner, she is desperate for answers after her daughter’s lifeless body was found on the side of the road in Pickens County.

“I don’t know if they knew if she was deceased or not, but they put her in a shower and tried to revive her and when that didn’t work, they put her in a car and drove her to this location in Jasper and dumped her body in front of a trailer on the side of the road,” Smith told the television station.

Smith told the television station that she doesn’t know the friends Taylor was with that night and doesn’t understand why they didn’t take her daughter to the hospital when she first experienced breathing trouble.

“I can’t imagine what they were thinking. It is heartbreaking,” Smith said.

Smith hopes other young women will look at her daughter and learn a valuable lesson about the people they call friends.

“Not everybody that you meet that says, ‘I care about you,’ actually cares about you. Be cautious and be around people that you can trust,” said Smith.

Funeral services were Sunday at the Chapel of Darby Funeral Home.

In addition to her mother, Smith is survived by her father, Steven Duncan Smith of Cartersville and three sisters.

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