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 ANDERSON —Investigators are asking for the public’s help in finding a man accused of killing two Anderson residents and dumping their bodies in barrels in Hartwell Lake.

Cpl. Danny Barton, Anderson County sheriff’s investigator, carries a bag of evidence, including machetes, out of the home at 3605 Centerville Road in Anderson.

Cpl. Danny Barton, Anderson County sheriff’s investigator, carries a bag of evidence, including machetes, out of the home at 3605 Centerville Road in Anderson.

John Michael Young, 35, is charged with two murders.

 John Michael Young

Andrea Mitchell

A mug shot of John Michael Young, of 3605 Centerville Road, Anderson, wanted for unauthorized removal of dead body.

Shaine David Fischer

“It is of the utmost importance that we arrest Mr. Young,” said Chad McBride, spokesman for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. “Anyone capable of doing what we’ve witnessed over the past days is someone who is very dangerous.”

Authorities pulled the bodies of Andrea Kellie Mitchell, 37, and Tony Lamar McGinnis, 53, out of Hartwell Lake on Wednesday and Thursday.

They had been killed with blows to the head, according to Young’s arrest warrants.

Mitchell and McGinnis’ bodies were stuffed into metal barrels and dumped into the lake. The killings allegedly happened more than a month apart, in September and October, and the two bodies were recovered about 24 hours apart.

McBride said the community is not believed to be in current danger from Young, but caution is warranted because of the “incredibly heinous crimes.”

McBride said officials do not know whether Young has any out-of-state connections or where he could possibly be staying.

Tips have helped investigators, McBride said, and more tips are welcome, either to the sheriff’s office at 864-260-4400 or anonymously through Anderson Area Crime Stoppers at or 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372).

McBride said Young last lived at 3605 Centerville Road, where officials executed a search warrant Thursday night. A chain saw and several machetes and other items were removed from the home.

Mitchell’s last known address, only weeks before her death, was at that home and she had also lived in Pendleton. The home on Centerville Road is near where the bodies were recovered, about a quarter of a mile apart, near the intersection of Centerville and Sandy Springs roads.

One man has been arrested and charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Shaine David Fischer of Anderson has given a statement implicating Young in the alleged murders. Fischer appeared at a bond hearing Friday evening, shortly after Anderson County sheriff’s deputies disclosed the names of the suspects.

He was not granted bond and remains at the Anderson County Detention Center.

McBride said that Young selected his victims for a reason and the two victims and two suspects — Young, Fischer, McGinnis and Mitchell — had all been acquaintances. McBride said the four were all part of a dangerous lifestyle.

He declined to talk about motives.

Young has either little or no criminal history in Anderson County, McBride said. Young went to high school near Seattle, according to his Facebook page.

Fischer has pleaded guilty to several charges including possession of methamphetamine or crack cocaine and to being a habitual traffic offender.

Mitchell was arrested for methamphetamine possession Sept. 25 and for giving false statements to law enforcement. She was killed, according to Young’s arrest warrants, about two and a half weeks later on or about Oct. 18, according to Young’s arrest warrants.

McGinnis had a lengthy arrest record, including pleading guilty for numerous counts of forgery and possession of methamphetamine.

He last had contact with law enforcement officials in early September and was killed on or about Sept. 15, according to Young’s arrest warrants. McGinnis had been reported as missing after his family had not heard from him since mid-summer.

When authorities opened the first barrel on Thursday morning, they were expecting to find McGinnis, said Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore.

Mitchell’s body was found instead, prompting an intense search for a second body in a barrel.

Arrest warrants for Young say that Fischer had made a statement implicating Young in the murders and implicating both himself and Young in the disposal of the bodies.

McBride declined to say if Fischer had initially pointed officials to the site where the bodies were recovered.

Arrest warrants say that the killings happened in a wooded area off Hicks Road in Anderson County.

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