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Rodney Wall Takes Lead Investigator Role at Perry GBI Office
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Bullets, bombs and bodies. The new Special Agent In-Charge of the GBI office that serves 10 Central Georgia counties deals with them all.

Rodney Wall took over as the top investigator at the Perry office in August, and says he brings a wealth of experience to solving the area's crimes.

A remote controlled bomb removal robot rolled past Wall Monday morning at his new GBI post. He transferred to Perry from Columbus, where he worked as the Special Agent In-Charge since 2007.

Wall says locating and defusing explosives is just of the talent sets he brings as the area's new Special Agent.

He said, "I'm one of the commanders of the State of Georgia Body Recovery Team. Basically, we respond to mass fatality incidents."

Wall began that work after the Flood of '94, identifying bodies disenterred from cemeteries.

He also took a team to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Wall said, "If you can bring someone's loved one back to them that they have lost, that's the gratifying part of it."

For a lot of his work, closure doesn't come quickly, and it can be anything but exciting.

Holding a thick case file, Wall said, "This is just one case. This is paperwork we have to generate. That's office work."

He is elbow deep in the paper work since his arrival, reviewing unsolved cases such as those of missing Irwin County teacher Tara Grinstead and Twigg's County child Teresa Dean.

Wall said, "I try to bring new ideas or maybe a new approach. Lets go at this a different route."

It is his ultimate goal to find the missing pieces of the cases he equates to puzzles. With the variety of experiences he offers, Wall hopes one lends itself to solving some of Central Georgia's most perplexing crimes.

Wall said, "That's what we do. That's what we strive to do everyday."

He began his law enforcement career in 1985 with the Schley County Sheriff's Department. Wall worked as a patrol officer for the Warner Robins Police Department in the late 80's, before going to work with the GBI.

Wall replaced Agent Gary Rothwell, who retired in August.

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