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Ex-Perkins man suspected in murder killed by police during standoff

Jessica Cuffman • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Chad Moretz, 34, of Rincon, Ga., was a 1996 graduate of Perkins High School.

Police went to his home in the Savannah suburb Friday in search of information about Charlie Ray, 35, a Savannah man who went missing on New Year's Eve, according to reports from the Associated Press.

Moretz grabbed a gun and took his wife hostage, leading to an hours-long standoff with police.

After she escaped, police shot and killed Moretz after he pointed a gun at them, according to a press release from the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

Police had pegged Moretz as a suspect in Ray's disappearance.

But what they found when they searched his home must have been unexpected.

Police discovered parts of Ray's dismembered body in the Moretz house. The rest were found in a storage unit in Jasper County, South Carolina.

For more on this story, including information about Moretz's father's pending murder case for the alleged killing of his mother in 2011, pick up Wednesday's copy of the Register.

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