The bodies of two children were found buried in the back yard of their father's home. The father until recently played Santa at a Walmart in South Georgia.
A tip led deputies to search the home of Elwyn Crocker for his two children, Elwyn Crocker Jr. 14, who disappeared two years ago, and Mary, 14, who was last seen in October. The original intent was a welfare check, and police became even more suspicious when all the adults gave conflicting stories of where Mary was at.
Their search ended with the discovery of the missing children's graves which were located behind their father's house. The reason for their death still remains undetermined. The family lives in Guyton, a small town just north of Savannah, Georgia.
The children had been withdrawn from Effingham County schools for homeschooling, and neither had been reported missing.
Elwyn Crocker, 50, his wife Candice, 33, her mother Kim Wright, 50 and her boyfriend, Anthony Prater, 55 were all arrested on charges of concealing a death and child cruelty. They are being held without bond.
The family had prior reports to the Division of Family and Children Services, and a special needs child was found alive in the home. The deceased children's mother is homeless and lives in South Carolina.
The police are still trying to figure out how one of the children could be missing for two years without anyone asking questions about his whereabouts.
UPDATE August 2021
Jan. 2019 - Elwyn Crocker Sr., Candice Crocker, Candice's mother Kimberly Wright, Wright's boyfriend Roy Anthony Prater, and Crocker's brother Mark Anthony Wright are charged with felony murder and other charges in connection with the children's deaths.
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