Union City Police searching for murder suspects

by Greg Rossino, WXIA


Irwin Clint Dresbach and his mother, also believed to be his accomplice, Lola 'Connie' Stephens-Smith.

UNION CITY, Ga. — Police are searching for a mother and son wanted on suspicion of the murder of a Newnan woman found dead in a hotel Saturday. 

Union City police said the mother-son duo are armed and dangerous. They told Channel 2’s Liz Artz that Jennifer Gatewood knew the suspect for several months, but they were unaware of his violent past. "Just took something very dear to us," said Gatewood’s mother, Carol Brown.

Just a few hours after Brown learned her 25-year-old daughter had been murdered inside a Union City hotel room, she said she wanted the suspects caught. 

 Police are looking for 33-year-old Irwin Clint Dresbach and his mother, also believed to be his accomplice, Lola Connie Stephens-Smith. Cops think the two are traveling in a white Dodge Durango and could be headed to Alabama or South Carolina. 

"I just beg ya'll if ya'll see these people please call police. My stepdaughter, my wife's daughter, a little boy's mother away from us," said Gatewood’s stepfather Pete Brown. 

Detectives think Dresbach fatally shot Gatewood early Saturday morning at the Garden Inn and Suites. They don't have a motive, but Dresbach had an extensive criminal record. 

Gatewood was a mother to a 4-year-old boy, her family has now rallied to catch her killer. 

"I'm going to miss her. She’s going to be missed very much,” said Gatewood’s sister, Amy Gatewood. 

Gatewood’s family had met Dresbach several times and said they don't know if he was a friend or something more, but they said he always gave them a bad feeling.

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