Two suspects in the brutal murder of a female pizza deliverer were arrested Friday while Cedartown investigators said they continue to look for a motive.
Cadedra Cook, 18, of 229 Thompson St., Cedartown, and an unidentified 15-year-old male juvenile were caught at about noon Friday in a field on the property of the Old Hale Manufacturing Building on Lafayette Street, according to officials.
“We had been one step behind them most of the night,” Cedartown Assistant Police Chief Jamie Newsome said. “We were finally able to catch up to them.”
The two were charged in the Thursday night stabbing and bludgeoning death of Elizabeth Rae Hutcheson, 27, of 3776 Prior Station Road, Cedartown, while she was making a delivery for Domino’s Pizza to the Thompson Street home.
Newsome said he is pleased the two suspects were caught within a day after the slaying. He credits good teamwork with all law enforcement agencies for quickly finding them.
“It was just cooperative police work,” he said. “Without the help of the GBI and the U.S. Marshals to a small department like ours, it would have been hard on us.”
The CPD also had assistance from the Polk County Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Polk County Sheriff Kelly McLendon said 12 of his people were involved in the search and at least seven from the U.S. Marshals Service were on the scene also.
“We were asked to assist. We were asked. We came. We helped out,” McLendon said.
Polk County Deputy Coroner Tony Brazier said Hutcheson’s body was turned over to the Georgia Crime Lab in Decatur at 2 a.m. Friday.
“She had multiple stab wounds to the head, chest and torso,” Brazier said.
He said this case is unusually horrific.
“It was one of the most senseless crimes I’ve ever had the displeasure of working,” Brazier said.
Newsome said the investigation into the slaying is still open.
Police confirmed a telephone pizza order was placed at Domino’s shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday. Hutcheson was the delivery person sent.
Newsome said the suspects ran after the incident.
Police officers on a routine traffic stop said they found Hutcheson at about 9:15 p.m. bleeding in the doorway of Cook’s residence.
She was later pronounced dead at Polk Medical Center.
The motive is still a mystery. Newsome said money was taken from Hutcheson in the incident but he doubts robbery was the sole motive.
Domino’s training program encourages drivers not to carry more than $20 with them.
“When I saw everything, it didn’t add up to me,” he said.
Newsome said investigators have not been able to confirm if the suspects knew the victim.
Hutcheson was a 2003 graduate of Cedartown High School and a 2011 graduate of Georgia Northwestern Technical College in Rome, according to her Facebook page.
Tim McIntyre, a corporate spokesman for Domino’s, said officials there are saddened by the incident.
He said the Domino’s Pizza Partners Foundation will be reaching out to the family. He said it is likely the foundation may offer to pay funeral expenses, but was not certain about that Friday.
There are lock boxes in each store. Employees are also urged not to wear any jewelry except a wedding band and a “cheap watch,” McIntyre said.
Deliverers are also told they are not obligated to make a delivery if they feel unsafe, and he said such instances have occurred.
Posted June 8 at 8 a.m.
A pizza delivery worker was killed Thursday night while making a delivery at 229 Thompson Street, Cedartown, according to officials.
The two suspects remain at large, police said.
Elizabeth Hutcheson, 27, was found by police around 9:15 p.m. bleeding in the doorway of the Thompson Street home, according to Cedartown Assistant Police Chief Jamie Newsome.
Hutcheson suffered multiple stab wounds and had been bludgeoned, he said.
She was pronounced dead at Polk Medical Center.
"It's been 15 to 18 years since we've had a something this violent," Newsome said.
Newsome said police believe the suspects, Cadedra L. Cook, 18, of the residence, and a 15-year-old juvenile ordered a pizza from Dominos and killed Hutcheson when she delivered it.
Murder warrants have been issued for both, but police have not yet found either. A picture of the juvenile was not available as of Friday morning.
Police do not have a motive and do not know if drugs were involved, he said.
"I feel rather confident we know what happened. We don't know why," Newsome said.
He said police discovered Hutcheson by chance just moments after the attack.
"Cedartown police was working a traffic stop in the 100 block of Thompson Street and officers heard frantic screaming," he said. "They could tell it was something serious so they abandoned the traffic stop to go find it."
Newsome said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has assisted the city in the case from the beginning and Cedartown is also receiving help from the Polk County Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Newsome asks that anyone with any information about the whereabouts of the two suspects, please call the CPD directly at 770-748-4123