Madison Bridges Warren, Community Information Specialist
Statesboro Police Department
25 West Grady Street
Statesboro, Georgia 30458
The Statesboro Police Department’s investigation into the kidnapping of three young women in Statesboro is ongoing. Although the offender committed suicide, the investigation continues into the circumstances surrounding the crime.
At this point we have discovered that the offender, Bradley Cochran, was a resident of Pickens County, Georgia until late 2017. He had two pending criminal cases in Pickens County, one regarding a 2016 arrest for Possession of Methamphetamine and one regarding a 2017 arrest for Child Molestation. He was released on bond for those charges through Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Court. One of the conditions of his bond was that he enroll in a drug treatment program in Statesboro.
On August 26, 2018, Cochran left the residential program where he had been staying, checked into a motel on South Main Street, and nine hours later committed the kidnapping and carjacking of the three victims. The Statesboro Police Department had not had any contact with Cochran since his arrival in Statesboro in 2017. Cochran did not know his victims, and apparently chose them at random.
The investigation into this incident is still active and no further information will be released at this time.
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. You may also anonymously submit information to www.tipsoft.com or by texting a tip to “TIPSSPD plus your message” to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential.
Media inquiries for this incident should be directed to:
Community Information Specialist Madison Bridges Warren