Man’s body located in field will be sent to crime lab for autopsy

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

Authorities are investigating a death reported when a body was located Friday night in a grassy area near the Griffin Crossroads shopping center.

According to Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster, the man has not been identified.

“He was found over there behind Brian’s, between Brian’s and the theater, we found a gentleman in the field there who had been deceased for a few days. We’re still working on it. We don’t have a positive ID,” Foster said. “He’ll be going to the Crime Lab as soon as we can get him in there. He’ll be going up there for an autopsy. All we know right now is he was a white male. He found by a man who was walking towards the housing complex on Ellis Road. There’s a walking path down there and he just ran up on him.”

Foster said there was no visible sign of foul play.

When asked if additional physical characteristics such as age or hair color, Foster said, “We don’t have any idea.”

Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates said the body was in a state of advanced decomposition.

“We think he might be homeless, but as of yet, we’re not sure,” Foster said. “There’s always been homeless and vagrants who live in that area, but whether he’s one of them, we don’t know. We’re still trying to put all that together.”

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