Police say Hampton man strangled his wife

Preston Young now wanted for murder

Preston Young

Preston Young

The estranged husband of a Hampton woman, who was sought by police as a “Person of Interest” in connection with her death, has now been charged with her murder. Authorities also have released how the victim was killed.

Henry County Police have issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) for Preston Marzette Young, of Hampton. He is officially wanted in the murder of his estranged wife, Sharon Sylvester Young, according to Maj. Joe Jackson, head of the police department’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Police have charged Young, 38, with murder, battery, and cruelty to children.

“Our detectives have been working around the clock on this case," said Maj. Jackson. "They were able to locate a source, who gave them additional information on the case, for us to charge him with murder."

Police began looking for Young on Aug. 11, when they found his 45-year-old wife dead inside the couple’s home, at 341 Master’s Club Blvd., in the gated Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club community.

The cause of her death was strangulation, according to Henry County Police Maj. Jason Bolton. Police said the couple had been married for about a year.

“As of this afternoon ... [Preston] Young’s whereabouts are currently unknown,” said Bolton, on Thursday. 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, by phone, at (770) 288-8304, by fax, at (770) 288-8375, or by e-mail, at: jthacker@co.henry.ga.us.

The murder suspect was last seen driving a 2004 Maroon Dodge Ram, bearing Georgia tag BKG 1602,” said Henry County Police Maj. Mike Ireland, in a previous interview.

According to Ireland, Henry County’s 911 center received a call from On-Star, on Aug. 11, indicating the On-Star button was pushed, and the signal was coming from a vehicle. Officers responded and found Young’s 3-year-old granddaughter inside a red Hummer parked in 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.