William Nazario was being held at the Bartow County Jail. Investigators in Clayton County told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri he is a person of interest in the death of the mother, identified as 32-year-old Korean Bowden.
Police: Man bound children, killed mother, kidnapped daughter
Police went to a home on Lexington Court in Riverdale after getting a call from the family's pastor who had gone to the house to check on them.
"We discovered two children bound and tied up inside as well as the deceased," said Sgt. Otis Willis III of the Clayton County Police.
Police told Viteri the children, ages 4 and 12, were bound but otherwise OK.
Investigators said their mother, Bowden, was dead. The woman's third child, Aliyah Walton, 9, was missing.
Also missing was Bowden's partner, Nazario. Authorities put out an AMBER Alert for the girl and Nazario, who was said to be driving a black Chevy Tahoe.
"Bartow County made contact with them and of course they immediately notified us," Willis said.
Investigators said they found Walton unharmed after she called police from a hotel on Blade Road in Bartow County. The couple's pastor, Jean Ward, told Viteri he counseled the couple and described their relationship as violent at times.
"Never to the point of where he struck her. Just very temperamental, also at the same time maybe a push or a shove," Ward said.
Xavier Flounnory, a friend of Bowden's, told Viteri the Chevy Tahoe Nazario was driving was his. He said he lent it to Bowden and said he came by the house Sunday night.
"Nobody came to the door, so that's what grew my concern," Flounnory said.
He said he knew both Bowden and Nazario well and never expected this.
"Hard to say. It's hard to say. I'm just kind of baffled," Flounnory said.
Investigators said Nazario will face charges of false imprisonment and aggravated sodomy.