Authorities identify slaying victims

COVINGTON - Newton County investigators have released the names of a man and woman whose dead bodies were found inside a residence in The Falls subdivision earlier this week.

Rachel Buser, 30, along with her 40-year-old boyfriend, Jeffrey Nevels, were found by Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies inside 695 Freeman Drive about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities have declined to comment on the victims' cause of death or on a possible motive for the slayings.

NCSO Spokesman Lt. Bill Watterson said investigators are continuing to interview people and track down leads in the case.

Authorities were alerted to the crime after being contacted by one of victim's employers, who became concerned after an employee failed to show up for work on Monday and Tuesday.

"(The employer) went to the house and knocked on the door. There were no lights on and nobody came to the door. He went and got a friend, they came back and started looking in the windows and actually saw one of the victims on the floor," Watterson said in an earlier interview.

Since the inception of the case, Watterson has declined to comment on a possible motive for the crime or how the victims were killed. He did say, however, that investigators don't believe illegal narcotics were involved.

"There was no forced entry into the house, and we believe that our victims knew their assailant," he said.

Investigators ask anyone with information about this case to call the NCSO at 678-625-1403. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through the Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org by clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.