Jefferson, GA - The suspicious death of a Jackson County teenager is being investigated by Jefferson Police, Jackson County deputies and the GBI.
Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman says a Wednesday night 911 call alerted them to a possible assault at a home at 1187 Winder Highway. The victim, 16-year-old Cheyanne Hair, was taken by ambulance to Athens Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
"She has passed away. It's a suspicious death," Wirthman tells WSB. "Being that it is a suspicious death, we called in the GBI to assist us. They have more resources than we do. I have two investigators, and they have the ability to come out and assist us with equipment and bodies."
Wirthman says an autopsy started late Thursday morning will determine the cause of death.
While the chief would not discuss whether there are any suspects at this point, he wanted to reassure citizens about their own safety.
"I do want to say, also, that the community is safe. We don't have any crazy person out there running around," says Wirthman. "The community is safe."