ATHENS, Ga., May 13 (UPI) -- A Georgia professor suspected of killing three people buried himself in a hidden grave before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police officials say.
Athens-Clarke County, Ga., Police Maj. Mark Sizemore said Tuesday the body of University of Georgia marketing Professor George Zinkhan was found Saturday buried beneath a wooden pallet covered with dirt and debris that he had pulled into place while lying in a newly dug grave, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Witnesses said they saw Zinkhan, 57, shoot and kill his wife Marie Bruce, 47, Tom Tanner and Ben Teague last month during a reunion picnic of a theater troupe at the Athens, Ga., Community Theater. Following a nationwide manhunt, Zinkhan's body was found Saturday in a wooded area behind an elementary school by cadaver-sniffing dogs, the newspaper said.
Sizemore said Zinkhan's body appeared to have been dead five to 14 days, adding a gray sports bag containing a .38-caliber handgun and a .22-caliber handgun, one of the two firearms used in the slayings, was also found in the grave.
The scene indicated that Zinkhan had gone to great lengths to ensure that his body never would be found, the Journal-Constitution said.