Sheriff offers $30,000 reward in cold case



Missing since 2016, Simon Powell is believed to be a victim of foul play.

Missing since 2016, Simon Powell is believed to be a victim of foul play.

June 1 marked the sixth anniversary of the disappearance of Simon Powell.

Powell was last seen by family members around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, wearing blue Dickies coveralls and driving a 2012 white Ford pickup truck, after he had just visited neighbors on his 4-wheeler. His truck was discovered destroyed by fire the next day on Wilson Road. However, GBI tests confirmed there were no human remains among the ruins.

“It is believed the vehicle was driven to the isolated area for the purpose of disposing of it,” said Sgt. Dedric Smith at the time.

In July 2016, Powell’s family held a prayer vigil for the missing man. In August 2016, a crowd gathered at Mount Zion CME Church to pray for Powell, who was 63 years old at the time and suffered from diabetes.

“Over the course of the last six years, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office has followed every tip and piece of information afforded us to locate Mr. Powell,” a June 1, 2022, press release stated. “It is our belief that Mr. Powell was a victim of foul play.”

Sheriff Alfonzo Williams is offering a $30,000 reward to any person who supplies information that leads the BCSO to the whereabouts and recovery of Powell. No arrest or conviction is needed.

“It is past time to bring Mr. Powell home,” the press release stated.

Anyone with information that will lead the BCSO to Mr. Simon Powell is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 706- 554-2133 or the C.I.D Office at 706-554-6633.

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