Homeless man found dead by mowing crew under Calhoun Bridge

Published: Sep. 26, 2023 at 3:06 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A homeless man was found dead under the Calhoun Bridge by a grass-cutting crew on Tuesday, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

At 9:49 a.m., the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Calhoun Bridge at Broad Street and Washington Road for a “suspicious situation.”

Matthew Watkins, 43, was identified as the victim, according to Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 10:15 a.m.

Once on scene, deputies say they learned a white male was found by the crew. The Criminal Investigation Division and Richmond County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene.

Watkins was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for an autopsy, Bowen says.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says no further information will be released due to the investigation.