CPD Capt. J.F. Cline said Wednesday evening that an autopsy on the body could be done by officials at the GBI crime lab in Decatur on Friday. He said the crime lab as of Tuesday had 17 jobs ahead of the body, which was found by a homeless person Monday about 3 p.m. about 100 yards away from U.S. Highway 411, just north of the U.S. Highway 41 cloverleaf.
In the meantime, Cline said authorities are asking the public for information regarding family members or other individuals they have not seen for a few weeks, as well as their physical descriptions. The information could be matched to the body, which he said had been where it was found for at least 10 days. That length of time made it hard for officials to provide details of how the late man looked.
"The condition that the body was in, we weren't able to identify much of anything -- he had on a T-shirt and jeans, I think, and some hightop shoes, but the color of the T-shirt couldn't even be determined," Cline said. "We have a possible identity, but he was already transported to the crime lab before the family could see him."
Cline added that the man is believed to be from the Bartow area.
Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton Monday night said though an ID was found with the body, authorities were not able to positively identify the man due to the body's level of decomposition. He added that the body was covered in mud.