FRANKLIN, Ga. - Heard County Sheriff's Office, along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, has made an arrest in the death of the woman identified as Regina Trotter, who was found deceased on Mason Road in western Heard County on the morning of Feb 1.

Micah Blake Taylor, 28, formerly of Delta and a more recent resident of Heflin, was officially charged Monday in Heard County with felony murder. He is currently being held in Cleburne County and is awaiting extradition to Georgia. Taylor has been jailed in Cleburne County since being arrested in Alabama on theft by receiving charges Feb. 4.

Investigators believe the vehicle he was arrested in on Feb. 4 is the same vehicle used in some way during the commission of the alleged murder that took place sometime between Jan. 31 and the morning of Feb. 1. Reports indicate the victim had been in possession of the vehicle after it was loaned to her, but the owner later reported it to be stolen - which initially lead to Taylor's arrest in Cleburne on Feb. 4. The owner of the vehicle (a 2004 Ford van) is believed to have had no role in either of the crimes.

HCSO investigator Dan Boswell, along with GBI agent Larry Duren, is handling the murder investigation. Boswell says it is unclear exactly when and where the victim was killed.

The area where Trotter was found is on the west side of the small dirt road about 1/2 mile from the Alabama state line, just east of Randolph County's Big Springs community. She was found by hunters traveling on the roadway that morning.

Trotter was allegedly an acquaintance of the suspect, and both are believed to have been staying at the same residence. Authorities are unclear on the motive for the murder but say Trotter's body was found with a rope around her neck and that she had been stabbed in the neck.

The GBI crime lab is continuing to examine physical evidence. The case is still under investigation, and Investigator Boswell asked that anyone who may have any additional credible information related to the case please call Heard County Sheriff's Office at 706-675-3329.

Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for further information as it becomes available.

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