2 sought in case of foul play

WINDER - Police investigating the murder of a man whose torched body was found behind an abandoned house in Barrow County last year have their sights set on two people who could have been involved.

An initial autopsy confirmed the body, found by hikers on a Sunday afternoon in November, was that of a man who'd been shot to death. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has completed an analysis of the remains, but an investigator Friday balked at saying who he thinks the body might be.

"We haven't established an identity of the victim with 100 percent certainty," Barrow County Sheriff's Office Investigator Matt Guthas said.

Police released renderings Friday of two men considered persons of interest, asking for the public's assistance in finding them.

"If we can locate these two people, we're hoping interviews with them would generate more leads," Guthas said.

Guthas wouldn't confirm that the case has been linked to any missing-persons cases in the area, nor would he give an indication of the victim's age, race or build.

It could hamper the investigation, he said, to discuss the nature of the two men's possible involvement.

The decomposed body was discovered in a wooded area behind a home at 988 Atlanta Highway, near the Northeast Georgia Regional Airport and the city of Statham. Police have said unspecified evidence at the scene suggested foul play.

An initial autopsy revealed the victim's bone structure was that of a man.

Police urge anyone with information about the case to contact investigators with the Barrow County Sheriff's Office at 770-307-3080, ext. 1445, or the GBI at 706-542-7901.