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Body of male found in barrel in Edgefield County has been identified

Investigators confirm the body of an unidentified male was found in a barrel near Rachael Road...
Investigators confirm the body of an unidentified male was found in a barrel near Rachael Road in Edgefield County.(MGN)
Published: Sep. 17, 2020 at 1:14 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Investigators found the body of a male in a barrel near Rachael Road in Edgefield County Wednesday night.

On Wednesday night, the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene to investigate what was originally described as a “suspicious death.”

The Edgefield County Coroner later confirmed on Thursday that investigators found the body of an unidentified male.

Details remain extremely limited, but officials do say SLED was called to assist.

On Friday, the coroner confirmed that the male is 60-year old Thomas Lee Gainey of Lexington County. They estimate Gainey had been deceased for 24 to 48 hours when his body was found. A cause of death has not been determined.

More on this story as it develops.

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