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Friday, March 1, 2013

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives on Thursday, February 28 arrested a 33-year-old Pelion woman on charges that the woman helped a 36-year-old Gaston man clean up the man’s home on Busbee Road near Gaston between December 24, 2011 and December 28, 2011 in order to try to conceal evidence concerning the kidnapping and killing of another man.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives arrested the 36-year-old Gaston man on February 15 on arrest warrants on charges of murder and kidnapping.

Detectives arrested Rachel Rae Fremion, 33, of 1869 Water Tank Road, Pelion, on an arrest warrant on a charge of accessory after the fact to murder, Metts said. Fremion was being held on Thursday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing. Fremion was booked at the Detention Center at 5:13 p.m. on Thursday.

An arrest warrant alleges that between December 24, 2011 and December 28, 2011 Fremion helped Jamey Charles Mallette clean up Mallette’s home at 1218-D Busbee Road, Gaston, after Mallette and William Thomas “Tommy” Embree, Jr., 34, kidnapped and killed Michael Jody George, 22, of 4029 Edmund Highway, West Columbia, Metts said. Witnesses provided statements to detectives that show Fremion worked on numerous occasions to clean up a “bloody mess” at Mallette’s home.

Detectives recovered evidence at Mallette’s home that contained blood and DNA that forensic tests show came from George’s body, Metts said.

Mallette was being held on Thursday at the county Detention Center after being denied bond while awaiting trial, Metts said.

Embree, whom detectives arrested on December 18, 2012 on arrest warrants on charges of murder and kidnapping, was being held on Thursday at McCormick Correctional Institution, where Embree is serving a six-year prison sentence for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, Metts said.

Detectives are continuing to search for George’s body, Metts said. George was reported missing to the Sheriff’s Department on December 25, 2011.

Arrest warrants allege that between about 10 p.m. on December 23, 2011 and about 5:30 a.m. on December 24, 2011 Mallette and Embree unlawfully confined and kidnapped George from Shooter’s Bar at 3030 Charleston Highway near Cayce, Metts said. George’s brother, John Olin Wannamaker, contacted the Sheriff’s Department at 2:37 p.m. on December 25, 2011 and reported that George was missing. Wannamaker told deputies that he last spoke with his brother at 7:30 p.m. on December 23, 2011 at George’s home.

George’s father, Gary Frederick George, contacted the Sheriff’s Department at about 8:15 p.m. on December 25, 2011 and reported that he found Michael George’s 1994 black Nissan Sentra parked on Beckman Road between Cannaberry Drive and Lena Drive near West Columbia, Metts said. Deputies and detectives used a Sheriff’s Department helicopter and all-terrain vehicles last December to conduct ground and aerial searches in the area where Michael George’s car was found. The searches did not generate any leads concerning Michael George’s whereabouts.

Metts asked anyone with information about Fremion, Mallette, Embree, or the disappearance and death of Michael George to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

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