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Body found in creek identified as man missing after eluding police

Police identified the body found in a Buford creek this weekend as Stanley Scott Maddox, a man missing after a police chase.

An autopsy Monday showed no trauma prior to the the 42-year-old Buford man’s death, only post-mortem animal activity, said Dr. Carol Terry, chief medical examiner for Gwinnett County. The death, she said, appeared to be consistent with drowning.

“As of right now, there’s no indication of any trauma that occurred prior to his death,” Terry said. “I just don’t have any evidence that anything untoward happened.”

A final cause of death will be determined after additional testing, including drug screenings.

According to police reports from the past month, Maddox was facing several felony warrants and reportedly eluded police.

When filing a missing person’s report last week, family members said they had not heard from Maddox since a March 3 police chase. According to police reports, police obseved what they believed to be a drug deal, Maddox is accused of hitting a police car with his vehicle, driving away and then abandoning the vehicle and a passenger, fleeing on foot near Sudderth Creek, where the body was found Saturday.

According to a police report, two K-9 units were deployed to try to locate the man. Drugs, believed to be marijuana and methamphetamine, were found in the car and the passenger, Melody Meeks, was arrested.

Later that month, on March 20, a police officer reported spotting Maddox driving a white Chevrolet Silverado, and conducted a short chase but discontinued it due to the danger to other drivers. Warrants for fleeing police and other traffic violations were issued, adding on to the previous charges involving possession of illegal drugs, fleeing, hit and run and other charges from the March 3 incident.

But Terry said she believes Maddox likely died around the time of the March 3 chase.

Tracy Maddox, a family member, said she met with the medical examiner Monday but hopes that police continue to look into the death.

“We highly suspect there was foul play involved,” Maddox said.

Police officials noted that the investigation into Maddox’s death is ongoing.

Deanna Allen contributed to this report.