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Sheriff: Man commits suicide after killing aunt, fleeing state

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The Dekalb County Sheriff's Office is investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide.

Sheriff Jimmy Harris says his department was informed of a missing person Monday night.

Felicia Ann Lindsey, 54, of Fort Payne and her nephew 22-year-old Max Ruben Zeller of Dekalb County were reported missing.

Officers located their vehicle parked outside a mobile home in Cherokee County, Georgia.

Officers were searching the home when Zeller fled to a bedroom and closed the door. According to a press release, Zeller shot himself with a handgun when officers attempted to enter the room.

Medical personnel transported Zeller to a Hospital in Marietta where he died early Tuesday morning.

Zeller was in possession of a pistol, cell phone, and Jeep belonging to Felicia Lindsey.

A search of Lindsey's DeKalb County home led to the discovery of her body.

Authorities believe she was killed in her home and an attempt was made to hide her body in a crawl space under the home.

Autopsy results show Lindsey died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Harris says a follow-up investigation showed Max Zeller killed Lindsey and attempted to clean up the scene before fleeing to Georgia.

"This is a terrible tragedy for everyone concerned," said Harris in a press release.

"The Lindsey family is well respected in our community and this is just unthinkable. To lose a daughter and a grandson in this manner is just more than you can imagine. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends at this time. Felicia had classmates who work for me and they all told me what a sweet, shy girl she was. She spent most of her life helping and taking care of others. That is what we need to remember."

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