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US trailer park death toll rises

The property at New Hope Plantation trailer park
The trailer park is described as a peaceful, low-crime community

An eighth person has died following an attack in a mobile home in the US state of Georgia, police say.

Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering named the victim as Michael Toler, 19.

He was one of two people critically injured in the attack at New Hope Plantation trailer park in Brunswick on the Georgia coast.

A ninth person is still in hospital in Savannah. Police have not released the names of the other seven victims or revealed how they died.

Mr Doering said that the killer was not among the dead, found in the mobile home on Saturday, or the last survivor.

Police called to the property described the scene as "horrific".

Relative arrested

In another development, police have arrested the man who reported the killings.

Guy Heinze Jr, 22, faces charges of lying to police, tampering with evidence and possession of drugs.

Mr Doering said he was a "family member who came home and discovered (the victims)".

Asked if Mr Heinze was a suspect, Mr Doering said: "I'm not going to rule him out, but I'm not going to characterise him as a suspect."

Police have announced a $25,000 (£15,300) reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Mr Doering said police had no other suspects so far and added: "We need help."

"We just simply don't have a lot to go on," he said.

Autopsies on the victims began on Sunday and officials said they could take two or three days to be completed.



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