Autopsy results show body was male, shot to death

WINDER - Autopsy results on a decomposed body found Sunday behind an abandoned house in Barrow County lead authorities to believe the body was that of a man who was shot to death.

The body had also been burned, according to Barrow County Coroner David Crosby. Crosby said he believes the remains were a man's because of the bone structure.

The Barrow County Sheriff's Office has treated the incident as a homicide from the start, though the body was so badly decomposed that investigators from Barrow County and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were unable to determine the sex or race. Sheriff's spokesman Maj. Murray Kogod said Monday that there were "signs at the scene that indicate foul play."

Investigators have asked for the public's help in identifying the body and also hope that fingerprints taken will help lead to an identitfication.

The body was discovered at about 5 p.m. Sunday by two people walking through a wooded area behind a vacant house at 998 Atlanta Highway, between the Northeast Georgia Regional Airport and the city of Statham.

Investigators responded immediately but were forced to suspend the investigation until Monday morning due to darkness.

Anyone with information they feel may be relevant to this case is asked to call the the criminal investigations division at 770-307-3080 ext. 3083.