• Man arrested in murder of Waffle House waitress


    OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. - The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the murder of a Waffle House waitress.

    Talmadge Edward Powell, 78, of Lavista Road in Athens, is facing charges in the woman’s death, sheriff’s officials said.

    Powell allegedly shot her after a dispute.

    The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday identified the woman as Misty Michelle Myrick, 38, of Oglethorpe County. She was found Wednesday along Simonton Bridge Road in Oconee. Officials told Channel 2 Action News that Myrick had a gunshot wound in the head.

    “The crime lab has determined that the death is a homicide,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.

    Investigators said the two knew each other from her Waffle House job. 

    Myrick's daughter said she is glad for some sort of closure.     

    "She loved everybody, especially her customers at work. That was her favorite thing to do, to go to her job. She loved me cause I was a miracle baby. She wasn't supposed to be able to have kids," said Tabitha Taylor.

    The family set up a makeshift memorial on Simonton Bridge, where Myrick's body was found.


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