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In-laws charged in slaying

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- The father-in-law and mother-in-law and a family friend have been charged in the death of Sunday Blombergh, a 28-year-old woman who has been missing since April 22, Tift County authorities said at a Friday morning news conference.

Roy Herman Evans, 44; his wife, Ruby Anne Evans, 45, and Roy Evans' friend Kenneth Randall Tomlinson, 48, were being held Friday in the Tift County Jail without bail on charges stemming from the April 22 disappearance and death of Sunday Elizabeth Blombergh.

Each of the Evanses have been charged with murder, while Tomlinson is charged with concealing a death.

Blombergh's body was discovered Thursday afternoon in wooded area near Warrior Creek in Colquitt County near Lenox, where the Evanses and Blombergh were living. Investigators said Blombergh, who was separated from her husband, and her 7-year-old daughter were staying with her in-laws while she was preparing to move to Tallahassee.

According to David Haire, public information officer for the Tift County Sheriff's Office, Tomlinson led investigators to the location of Blombergh's body around 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Authorities did not reveal why Tomlinson came forward to GBI agents.

Investigators said Friday the suspected motive for Blombergh's death centered on her young daughter.

"She was getting a job in Tallahassee and was preparing to move down there with her child. Her daughter was staying with her in-laws until the end of the school year. Investigators think her in-laws didn't want the child to leave," Haire said.

Blombergh was reported missing on April 22 after family members say she failed to show up for a meeting with her sister that was scheduled for the afternoon. Blombergh's family has previously said she was waiting for her mother-in-law to return to the home they shared before going to her meeting.

Haire said Friday that Ruby Anne Evans was the person who reported Blombergh missing.

Blombergh's body has been transported to the crime lab in Atlanta for autopsy and investigators said Friday that the investigation is ongoing and that forensic analysis will be performed.

"We have no time frame because we don't have a cause of death yet," Haire explained.

Tift County District Attorney Paul Bowden said at the news conference that additional charges are likely. Bowden confirmed that one additional arrest may be made.

Blombergh's sister and owner of Crystal Connection in Tallahassee, Sunshine Blombergh, as well as several of the slain woman's friends, were present at the Friday news conference.

A spokesperson for the family said Friday they have no comments regarding the investigation.