GBI Investigates Death in Dawson, GA

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The GBI has charged Nakia West, age 26, of Albany, GA with Felony Murder and Aggravated Assault in connection with the death of Annie Josie Chappell.  He was arrested in Greenville, Virginia and is currently being held at the Augusta County (VA) Jail pending extradition proceedings. He is also facing a charge of Grand Larceny in Virginia. Authorities in Greenville, VA saw the car from the BOLO (attached) related to this investigation and took West into custody. He was the only person in the car.

The GBI investigation remains active and ongoing.


Dawson, GA (February 1, 2022) – The GBI is investigating the death of Annie Josie Chappell, age 59, of Dawson, GA.  On Monday, January 31, 2022, the Dawson Police Department asked the GBI to assist in this death investigation.

At 2:22 p.m., the Dawson Police Department responded to an unresponsive person call at 419 Boundary Street in Dawson.  When they arrived, Chappell was found deceased inside the house.  She lived alone. 

Chappell’s car, a 2006 Black Hyundai Elantra, is missing and police issued a BOLO (Be On The Look Out) for the car.  The car has a Georgia temporary tag (C0521643).   

A GBI Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to call the Dawson Police Department at 229-995-4414 or the GBI’s regional investigative office in Sylvester at 229-777-2080. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.