Police identify bodies found in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett police on Wednesday identified a couple found dead near a dirt road last week, but exactly how they died remains to be seen, officials said.

Police identified the pair as Lawrenceville residents Perry James Taylor, 52, and Jennifer S. Carman, 37. Autopsies have been completed, but toxicology results are pending, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith.

"The investigation hasn't indicated that foul play was a factor," Smith said.

Taylor and Carman lived together on New Hope Road about a mile from where their bodies were found Friday morning. Police couldn't confirm the extent of their relationship.

Results of toxicology tests typically take weeks to be returned to agencies who request them. Police said the case is still being treated as a homicide investigation.

Officers found the bodies when the owner of an isolated property near the intersection of New Hope Road and Sugarloaf Parkway called police, concerned the trespassers were illegally dumping trash.

Instead, police found Carman on the ground outside a red, late-model Ford F-150, and Taylor sprawled inside the cab. Smith said the bodies didn't appear to have been there long. No signs of drug use were apparent at the scene, he said.

Records indicate Taylor owned Taylorcraft Roofing and operated the business from his home. Numbers to the business have been disconnected.

On the same day Taylor's body was discovered, a Lawrenceville building center applied for an arrest warrant alleging he'd written bad checks.

His legal troubles don't end there.

Attorney Michelle Reese Jordan briefly represented Taylor when he pleaded guilty in April to a misdemeanor theft charge in Gwinnett State Court, receiving a year's probation. Taylor spoke of his roofing business at that time but made no mention of any problems, Jordan said.

"We just talked about the case," she said.