The Barrow County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim in the county's third stabbing death this year.
Oscar Armando Lopez Melandez, 51, of Athens, was found dead in a drainage ditch off Booth Road in Statham on the evening of March 12.
Authorities were dispatched to the location in response to a tip from a concerned citizen. Upon arrival, law enforcement and emergency services personnel discovered Melandez face down in the mud. When emergency services personnel rolled Melandez onto his back to check for a pulse, they noticed he had been stabbed in the chest. Medics were unable to locate a pulse and Melandez was not breathing.