November 5, 2006
There are still lots of unanswered questions in McDuffie County after a body was found Saturday (November 4).
The badly decomposed skeletal remains were found just a few feet off of a small country road, but no one knows how they got there, who the person was, or how they died....and these questions are leaving many Thomson residents feeling uneasy.
News of the discovery quickly became the talk of the town.
"It's amazing, you know, a small town like this, you wouldn't think nothing would happen like that," said Stephanie Brown.
"It just makes me sick," said Wanda Sisson. "Somebody, somebody that was a person, that happened to them...just laying there and nobody finding them."
Three hunters found the remains lying in the woods off of Story-Randall Road.
Investigators who came to the scene say the body was so badly decomposed that there was no way to tell age, sex, race, or even the cause of death.
McDuffie County coroner Rhusha Mack was one of the first people to respond to the scene.
"The skeletal remains did have a little bit of clothing left, but not much clothing left at all," he told News 12. "It could have been as much as three or four months that the person could have been out here."
Mack says he will do whatever he can to help piece this puzzle together.
"We'd like to know how they got here and who they are, because I'm quite sure someone's out there missing a family member somewhere."
But with little to go on, who this person was may remain a mystery for a long time to come.
McDuffie County's Sheriff Marshall told News 12 he has checked the county's database. There is no one reported missing in McDuffie County. Now he says his next step will be to crosscheck other missing person databases in several surrounding counties.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is working this investigation with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office. An autopsy on the remains is scheduled for tomorrow in Augusta at MCG.