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Manhunt underway for man suspected of killing girlfriend, set house on fire

Police are searching for Patrick Nolan, presumably armed and dangerous, who has been charged with murder in the death of his old friend.

(Sandy Springs Police)

Police are searching for a man who they believe fatally shot his girlfriend and left her body in a burning Georgia home on the weekend.

Amber Holliman, 39, was found dead in the burning home in Sandy Springs, about 16 miles north of Atlanta, on Saturday morning. The Fulton County Medical Examiner, who ruled the death a murder, said that she had blunt force trauma and a gunshot wound on her head, WXIA-TV reported.

Holliman and Patrick Nolan, who is wanted by the police, lived in the house, Sgt. Sam Worsham, a police spokesman told the Marietta daily Journal. The two had a relationship of approximately 13 years, ” he said.

Police are searching for Nolan, who is believed to be armed and dangerous, Sandy Springs police said in a statement to Fox News. He is charged with murder, aggravated assault with intent to murder and arson in the first degree.

A $10,000 reward is being offered by police for information that leads to his arrest and conviction, Worsham told Fox News.

Nolan, 43, would be driving a 2006 blue Ford Explorer with Georgia license plate tag PYZ1420, police said. He, too, would be able to travel with a 160-pound Presa Canario dog.

Worsham said Nolan has connections in Colorado, Louisiana and Mississippi, but emphasized that he could be anywhere. His last known location, according to the Journal, it was south of Louisiana.

Amber Marie Holliman worked at The Rusty Nail. She was a bartender and full of life. @SandySprings_PD say Patrick PJ Nolan killed her. They say he is armed and dangerous. If you have any information about his whereabouts to IMMEDIATELY call the police. pic.twitter.com/glglQmSN5h

— Lauren Pozen WSB (@LaurenPozenWSB) 27 May 2018

Holliman friends said that she was planning to leave Nolan, a recovering alcoholic who recently started drinking again, the Sun Herald reported.

A native of Mississippi, Holliman was a single mother and her 18-year-old daughter had just graduated from high school and started working at The Rusty Nail restaurant with her mother.

“I keep wanting to call my mother and ask her what to do, and I can’t,” Holliman’s daughter, Payton, told WSB-TV. “It was always her and me since I was little.”

Payton Holliman said they are considered Nolan to be her stepfather.

“Let him be a part of our family, and he took my whole family,” she said. “I can’t mourn until he found it. I can’t do everything. I just miss her, and I can’t accept that she is gone or anything until I right for her.”

Family and friends have a GoFundMe account to help Payton Holliman with the costs for the funeral, her tuition and other financial needs.

All information about where Nolan may need to be transferred to Detective J. T. Williams at 404-456-9343, police said.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.

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