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Homicide Investigation on Jekyll Island

Murder on Jekyll Island

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was requested by the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) for assistance in a death investigation at 1175 North Beach Drive, Unit #387, on Jekyll Island.

Carol Anne Hilton, 83, was found dead at the residence after GSP conducted a welfare check.  The welfare check led to a brief standoff with GSP SWAT Team which resulted in the arrest of Joseph Norwood Hilton, 82.

The investigation determined that Joseph Norwood Hilton murdered his invalid wife, Carol Anne Hilton, with the intention of taking his own life.

The investigation revealed that Ms. Hilton was killed prior to law enforcement intervention.  Mr. Hilton was charged with felony murder, malice murder, and aggravated assault.  Mr. Hilton was booked into the Glynn County Jail.

An autopsy will be performed at the GBI Crime Lab in Savannah.

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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