According to a news release from CPD Chief T.N. Culpepper, the victim was identified as 47-year-old Ricky Lamar Mullinax of Cartersville following an autopsy conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab. Authorities said cardiac arrest caused Mullinax's death.
Mullinax's body, which was about 100 yards away from Highway 411 and just north of the U.S. Highway 41 cloverleaf, was found by a homeless person about 3 p.m. Monday. Authorities earlier this week said the body had been there at least 10 days, and its condition made it difficult for authorities on the scene to make a positive identification, necessitating the need to transport the body to the GBI crime lab in Decatur.
Although he cannot say for sure at this time, CPD Capt. J.F. Cline said it is his impression the cause of Mullinax's death will close the Cartersville police's investigation.
"I think that that would probably solve the whole thing if it was a cardiac arrest," Cline said. "They seem to think it was natural causes [and] that he was just located out there."
Five-month investigation leads to three drug arrests in Adairsville
On Wednesday, the Adairsville Police Department arrested three individuals for distributing cocaine in the city of Adairsville.
According to APD Chief Charles Stafford, investigators from the APD made the arrests after conducting a five-month, undercover narcotics investigation. The three arrested individuals considered to be major drug traffickers in the Adairsville area are Morris G. Miliam, 42, of 127 Howard Drive, Adairsville; April Nyoka Goswick aka April Curtis, 34, of 130 Elm St., Adairsville; and Wendy Veronica Adams of 130 Elm St., Adairsville.
Miliam was charged with sale of cocaine. Adams and Goswick were charged with sale of cocaine and sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school. All parties are being held at the Bartow County Jail pending pond.
Stafford said that additional charges may follow and these arrests are not all of the targeted individuals and more arrests are to follow as part of the investigation.
Two arrested, charged with one count of theft by receiving stolen property
Two Bartow County residents were arrested in connection with theft by receiving stolen property: Derek Grant Southern Jr., 18, of 5659 Groovers Landing Road Lot 15, and Dustin Jerral Johnson, 17, of 5294 Pine Circle, both of Acworth.
According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, an Acworth resident reported two antique motorcycle engines stolen between Oct. 25 and 26. Both engines were valued at $850. Parts of the engines were found at Taylors Junk Yard on Oct. 29.
The parts were traced back to a third-party female who advised investigators that Southern and Johnson needed to get rid of the engines for scrap metal but that they did not have a photo identification -- required by law to sell scrap metal -- to present to the junkyard. The female agreed to take them to the junkyard.
Southern was arrested on Tuesday and was released Wednesday after posting a $5,000 bond.
Johnson was arrested on Wednesday and currently is being held at the Bartow County Jail pending a $5,000 bond.
Both subjects were charged with one count of theft by receiving stolen property.
Two arrests made regarding a residential burglary
Two Bartow County residents were arrested in connection with a residential burglary and theft by receiving stolen property.
According to Millsap, Jamey Paul Inman, 34, of 153 Roving Hills Drive, Cartersville, and Anthony Marion Wade, 19, of 426 Highway 61, Cartersville, were involved in a burglary of an outbuilding at 426 Highway 61 that does not belong to the accused.
A Cartersville resident reported several firearms stolen between Nov. 1 and 6. The firearms were valued at $1,020. One of the firearms was recovered at Cartersville Pawn and Shop on Nov. 8. The firearm was sold to the pawn shop by Inman.
Upon further investigation, it was determined that Wade had entered the building without permission and had taken several of the firearms and dispersed them for sale.
Inman was already being held in the Bartow County Jail for unrelated charges and warrants were taken on Wednesday for one count of theft by receiving stolen property and one count of theft by deception.
Wade was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of residential burglary and one count of convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Inman currently is being held in the Bartow County Jail pending a $17,450 bond.
Wade also is being held in the Bartow County Jail pending a $12,500 bond.
Burglary attempt thwarted; two arrests made
On Thursday, two arrests were made when a Bartow County Sheriff's deputy responded to a residential burglary in progress on Creek Trail in Acworth. Acworth residents Brittaney Lynn Barfield, 18, and Colby Alan Green, 17, were both arrested and charged with burglary and possession of tools for the commission of crime.
According to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office incident report, both individuals admitted to coming to the residence and messing with the copper wiring, leaving physical evidence of the damage.
Upon arrival about 4:36 p.m., the deputy heard several persons inside the vacant home. A white female, later referred to as Barfield in the report, was standing in the hallway area, using a hammer to hit the wall area. In talking with the individuals, the deputy learned they came to the home to get a hideaway bed and they were just looking around, and that Barfield started to mess with the copper wiring and they were going to leave.
At the scene, the deputy found ceiling tiles ripped down, exposing the house wiring, which was freshly cut; insulation on the floor; and a TV in the middle of the hallway with a hammer and a pair of tin snips on top. The heating unit also was exposed by its broken off cover.
A black duffle bag was found on a mattress, which contained a white handbag with several wire cutting tools, a screwdriver and a metal crimping device. When asked about the black bag and cutting tools, both Barfield and Green stated that it was not theirs.