Former Walmart Santa arrested after police find his children’s bodies buried in his yard

Ashley May USA TODAY

Published 8:27 AM EST Dec 27, 2018

Elwyn Crocker Sr., Candice Crocker, Kim Wright and Roy Praeter have been arrested in connection with the deaths of Mary Crocker and Elwyn Crocker Jr.

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department

A man who previously worked as a Walmart Santa Claus has been arrested after police found bodies of his son and daughter buried in his backyard.

Last Thursday, Georgia’s Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies searched Elwyn Crocker’s home after receiving a tip that his 14-year-old daughter Mary Crocker was missing.

Deputies found two bodies buried “just inside the wood line,” according to the sheriff’s office. Effingham County Coroner David Exley told USA TODAY the bodies, found feet away from each other, were identified as Crocker’s two children.

Mary hadn’t been seen since October 2018 and her brother Elwyn Jr. hadn’t been seen since November 2016, but police said an official missing child report wasn’t filed for either child. Elwyn Jr. would have been 16 years old this year. Rest of story here