South Fulton County

Missing woman found shot to death at home, prompting SWAT standoff with suspect

SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — City of South Fulton Police said a Fairburn woman who was reported missing was found dead at a home in South Fulton County Saturday night.

When officers responded to the home on Sable Chase Lane, they found 30-year-old Teante Jones dead from a gunshot wound.

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Investigators learned that the suspect, 43-year-old Kenneth Southern, had barricaded himself in the attic of the home. SWAT teams were called in to negotiate with Southern, who refused to surrender.

Southern later shot himself to death.


Thursday, Jones’ friend, Mia Hodrick, help mobilize dozens of members of the Atlanta Jeep Life club to search for Jones after she was reported missing.

A neighbor told Channel 2 Action News she was walking by when she overheard the victim arguing with the suspect about the home.

She said when the man got physical with the victim, she called 911, but police never arrived.

The neighbor said she walked passed the house sometime after that call and saw the Jeep was gone

“It was a Jeep when I came by the first time, but when I came back around it wasn’t a Jeep there,” the neighbor said.

Saturday, Jeep Life members and Jones’ family returned to the home where they found both her body and Jeep.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene but it was determined they were not needed since there was no use of force by police.

No officers were injured.