Northeast Georgia Man Accused of Holding Family Captive

LAVONIA, Ga. (AP) - The manager of a mobile park in northeast Georgia says she never suspected a family was being keep captive on
the property.

Authorities arrested 36-year-old Raymond Daniel Thurmond on Tuesday on charges that he held his wife and four children captive for three years inside their mobile home in Lavonia. He is charged with rape, child abuse and false imprisonment.

Property manager Alma Medina says Thurmond and his wife both signed the lease in August 2005. It also lists the children as residents of the single wide trailer in a community with about 100 units.

"I saw him because he would come pay rent," Medina told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday. "But I never
saw anyone else like family or kids."

Medina says Thurmond told her his family was out of town visiting sick relatives.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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