Man’s body located in wooded area; death investigation underway


An investigation is underway to determine the cause of death of Marion Paul Minter Jr. whose body was located Sunday afternoon in a wooded area in Spalding County.

Deputies of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division responded just after 1 p.m. to the dead end of Pine Street after a report was made to 911 by Timothy Copeland, who stated he had discovered his friend unresponsive.

Upon arrival, Deputy L.E. Smith met with Copeland, who led him to a camp site in the woods.

After determining Minter was deceased, the Criminal Investigation Division was notified and assumed responsibility of the case.

“He has been identified and next of kin have been notified, as well,” said Sheriff Darrell Dix. “He was homeless. He lived in a tent off of Pine Street, at the dead end of Pine Street.”

Dix said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the death investigation.

“There was no indication of any foul play, but when you find a person’s body, you want to find out what happened, so that’s why the body was sent to the Crime Lab for autopsy,” he said.

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  1. Rebecca Fincher says:

    He wasn’t homeless, he was my boyfriend. He lived with his mother in Macon, Ga. Neither the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, nor the GBI did an adequate investigation into his death. It’s certainly absurd that law enforcement ignores their job due to assumed stereotypes about individuals.

    • I am very sorry for your loss. I hope that the Police actually get to work to resolve the case.

      • Rebecca Fincher says:

        Thank you so much. His death has been a devastating loss to our families. No further investigations have been conducted, despite our outcries. Our pain has been intensified by a lack of justice.

      • It’s Griffin. You know what that means.

      • Rebecca Fincher says:

        The GBI also got involved, but the reports are not still not released. They did not investigate anything and only did an autopsy.

  2. Rebecca Fincher says:

    Mr. Minter was my boyfriend. He was not homeless, he lived with his mother in Macon GA. His death was NOT adequately investigated by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Department, or the GBI. It’s a complete injustice.

  3. Rebecca Fincher says:

    It was not homeless. He was my boyfriend he lived with his mother and Macon Georgia. Neither The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department Newark to PBI an adequate investigation into his death.

  4. Rebecca Fincher says:

    He wasn’t homeless, he was my boyfriend. He lived with his mother in Macon, GA. His death has NOT been adequately investigated by the Spalding County Sheriff’s department, or the GBI.


    I think that it is a disgrace that people live like this in the wealthiest country in the world. WE, THE PEOPLE, get squeezed by our government in taxes, only to have it redistributed to the mega banks and Oligarchs. I would rather take care of Americans than have our tax money spent on endless, useless banker wars.

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