The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an unidentified person whose badly decomposed body was discovered Sunday evening behind a vacant house near Statham.
Two people walking in the woods behind the house at 998 Atlanta Highway made the shocking discovery at about 5 p.m. and called the Sheriff’s Office.
The human remains and clothing were in such poor condition that investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigations could not determine the gender or race of the victim.
The severe decomposition also made it impossible to tell immediately when the person died.
Because the body was discovered near nightfall, it was impossible to process the scene Sunday evening, said Major Murray Kogod, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
The scene was secured that evening and the body left in place until Monday, when the area around the body was checked for evidence and the remains were sent to the Georgia Crime Lab for a scheduled autopsy, Kogod said.
Though the cause of death was not immediately evident, the case is being treated as a homicide investigation.
“We do have some indication that it may have been foul play, that’s all I can say right now,” Kogod said.
No ID was found with the body. Kogod said the Sheriff’s Office needs public’s help in identifying the victim.
“Our main focus right now is identifying who this is. Anyone who believes they may have any information whatsoever, such as knowledge of a missing person, should call the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office at 770-307-3083.”