Ludowici, Ga (June 19, 2019) – On December 12, 2007, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Long County Sheriff’s Office for assistance in a missing persons investigation. Debora Gail Moody was reported missing by her family on December 10, 2007. The investigation revealed that the last time Moody was seen was by a friend during the late afternoon of December 4, 2007 at her residence located off of S. T. Morris Road N. E., Long County, Georgia. Over the next 11 ½ years, the Long County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation followed many leads and conducted numerous searches in hopes of locating Moody but each time were unsuccessful.
In September 2010, Kenneth William Lumpkin was arrested and later pled guilty to the Murder of Lori Arrowood. Lumpkin is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. After his arrest for the murder of Arrowood, investigators explored Lumpkin’s past in an effort to determine any connection to Moody. It was determined that Lumpkin was an associate of Moody’s but there was no evidence linking them to one another at the time of Moody’s disappearance. Lumpkin became one of several suspects in the disappearance of Moody. Lumpkin was interviewed multiple times over the years and each time Lumpkin denied having any information pertaining to or being involved in Moody’s disappearance.
Over the past several weeks, Lumpkin has again been interviewed by investigators, including a representative from the Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office. In an attempt to find closure for the family and after consulting family members and all parties in agreement, Lumpkin was offered immunity from prosecution in exchange for information concerning Moody’s disappearance and the location of her remains. Lumpkin agreed to this and confessed that while attempting to sexually assault Moody he strangled her which led to her death. Lumpkin provided an approximate location as to where he disposed of her body. Investigators have searched the area multiple times and as of this date have been unsuccessful in locating any items of interest. Lumpkin’s confession has been corroborated by numerous investigative acts and there is no reason to believe that anyone else participated or had knowledge of Lumpkin’s actions.
Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles told the Courier he was glad that Lumpkin came clean, offering the family some closure on the matter. He added that law enforcement will continue to search for Moody's body.
He said they've spent countless hours searching the area where Lumpkin claimed he disposed of her remains. The Sheriff said there is a slight chance Moody’s remains may never be found due to the passage of time. When asked if his office would eventually give up, Nobles emphatically said, “Hell no! Well never give up.” He also said as long as Moody’s remains have not been recovered the case will remain open.
Nobles went into say the family has been notified in the latest developments of the case and will be working very hard to give them the closure and peace they deserve