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Police: Two bodies found off rural Lawrenceville street

Staff Photo: Heather Darenberg . Gwinnett Police investigate the scene where two bodies were found near a red pickup truck off a service street off New Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

Staff Photo: Heather Darenberg . Gwinnett Police investigate the scene where two bodies were found near a red pickup truck off a service street off New Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A report of a suspicious vehicle parked in an isolated section of private property Friday morning led police to two dead bodies.

Authorities could not immediately determine how the man and woman died, but police are investigating the incident as a homicide unless they discover evidence indicating otherwise, said Cpl. Jake Smith, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

The property owner called police about 11:20 a.m. Friday about a red Ford F-150 parked on a dirt turnaround in a wooded area, concerned that someone was illegally dumping trash, Smith said.

The dead-end street, Service Drive, is off of New Hope Road near the intersection with Sugarloaf Parkway in unincorporated Lawrenceville. The truck had passed through a gate with a "Road Closed" sign on it.

"There's no legitimate reason for anyone to be out here," Smith said.

Smith said the woman's body was found on the ground just outside the vehicle, and the man's was sprawled inside the cab of the pickup truck.

Police did not know when the people died or how long they had been on the property, but they don't believe it's been very long, as the bodies were "largely intact," Smith said.

"There's no serious decomposition to indicate they could have been here a very long time," Smith said. "It hasn't been a week, especially with this heat."

The deceased were not identified, but Smith said they were both white adults probably aged between their late 30s and early 50s.

Smith said autopsies are being conducted to determine the cause of death.