Wednesday, June 1, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
DULUTH — The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified a body found in Duluth on Mother’s Day as the brother of local football legend and Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers.
The findings confirm suspicions held by the Rogers family, who’d feared the worst since Timothy Rogers, 53, disappeared on a March weekend when he was supposed to be rededicating his life to his church.
Rogers, a landscaper and father of two, had long battled drug and alcohol addictions and was last seen walking home from a relative’s home in a neighborhood known as “The Hills.”
A resident in that area found a skull in the woods on Mother’s Day, and investigators uncovered more skeletal remains nearby hours later.
A cause of death has yet to be determined, but no foul play is suspected.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Carol Terry said the remains were identified as Timothy Rogers based on information in his medical records that her office recently received. Given his history of drug use, specimens were sent for testing at the GBI’s laboratory. Terry plans to finalize a death certificate when those results return.
Family broke news of the body to George Rogers, a Super Bowl champion and two-time Pro Bowler, as he arrived in Gwinnett from Columbia, S.C., for the second annual George Rogers Classic Golf Tournament at his alma mater.
Family members told the Daily Post they had first assumed Timothy Rogers was in rehab, forbidden from calling home in the intervening weeks.