Statesboro Police release new information on Sunday’s kidnapper

Matthew Enfinger

The Statesboro Police Department released new information about the offender who kidnapped three young women in Statesboro Sunday.

In a press release, the SPD announced that the investigation of the kidnapping continues despite the offender, Bradley Cochran, committing suicide.

The SPD discovered that Cochran was a resident of Pickens County, Georgia until 2017.

Cochran has two pending criminal cases in Pickens County, including a 2016 arrest for possession of methamphetamine and a 2017 arrest for child molestation, according to the SPD’s press release.

Cochran was released on bond for both charges through the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Courts with one of the conditions being that he enroll in a drug treatment plan in Statesboro.

On Sunday, Cochran left the residential program where he had been staying and checked into a motel on South Main Street, according to the SPD’s press release. Nine hours later, Cochran committed the kidnapping and carjacking of the three victims.

According to the SPD’s press release, the SPD had no contact with Cochran since his arrival in Statesboro in 2017. Cochran did not know the victims and apparently chose them at random.

The SPD said the investigation is still active and asks anyone with information concerning the case to contact the SPD at (912) 764-9911. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to or by texting a tip to “TIPSSPD plus your message” to 274637.

For more information on Sunday’s kidnapping, click here.

Matthew Enfinger, The George-Anne Editor-in-Chief,