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Husband sought in Hampton woman's death

Preston Marzette Young 

Preston Marzette Young 

Authorities are continuing their investigation into what they call the "suspicious death" of a Hampton grandmother, and they have named her estranged husband as "a person of interest" in the case.

On Thursday, Henry County Police found Sharon Sylvester Young, 45, dead inside her home at 341 Master's Club Blvd. Police have not released the cause of death, because "the investigation is ongoing," said Sgt. Mike Ireland, on Monday.

Police are now looking for Sharon Young's 38-year-old husband, Preston Marzette Young.

"He drives a 2004 Maroon Dodge Ram, bearing Georgia tag BKG 1602," said Ireland.

According to Ireland, Henry County's 911 center received a call from On-Star, Thursday, indicating the On-Star button was pushed, and the signal was coming from a vehicle. Officers responded to the Hampton home, inside the gated Crystal Lake Country Club subdivision. Once at the home, police said, Young's 3-year-old granddaughter was found inside a red Hummer parked inside a garage, where the door was open.

Last Thursday was not the first time police were called to the residence of the Youngs.

On Feb. 23, at 5:32 p.m., Henry County Police Officer R.T. Ruark responded to a stolen gun call at the home, according to a police report. Sharon Young told police she had taken a trip to Florida, and when she returned, she discovered that her gun was missing.

"Mrs. Young explained that she and her husband, Preston Young, were separating .." the police report said. "Mrs. Young stated that while she was gone, Mr. Young moved his belongings out of their residence."

Sharon Young said her .38 caliber, automatic, black gun was missing. The make and model of the gun was unknown when the officer took the report. "She stated that she believed Mr. Young took the firearm, and revealed that he is a convicted felon and cannot possess a firearm," the report stated. "Mrs. Young could not substantiate her reason [why] she believes Mr. Young took the firearm, other than to say nobody else had been inside their residence," added the officer, in the police report.

Sharon Young also told police she did not know if her husband had help moving out, or if he had any visitors at the home while she was away. "She stated that she called him and asked him if he took the firearm, and he responded that he did not know what she was talking about," the report said.

The officer reported that Young said there was no evidence of forced entry or ransacking at her home, at the time the gun turned up missing. She could not recall the exact value of the gun, but said it was worth between $400 and $550, including ammunition, according to the police report.

Also in the report, Sharon Young's employer is listed as Sylvester Home Rentals. No one at the number listed for that business answered when calls were made Monday afternoon. Police also said their information revealed that the couple had been married for about a year.

Any person having contact with Preston Marzette Young is asked to use caution, because he is considered armed and dangerous, police said.

If anyone has seen him, or know his whereabouts, they should call 911, or notify Henry County Police Detective Thacker, phone, at (770) 288-8304, fax, at (770) 288-8375, or e-mail, at: jthacker@co.henry.ga.us.