Cartersville Police Chief Thomas Culpepper was on the scene Monday evening and confirmed that the body was found by a homeless individual who notified personnel at Cartersville Fire Department's Peeples Valley Road station.
The body was found about 100 yards from Highway 411 around 3 p.m. The scene was initially secured by Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputies before being turned over to Cartersville police about 3:30 p.m. due to jurisdiction. A Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Scene Unit arrived about 6 p.m.
Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton Monday night said the man's body was found in a rarely traveled wooded area, and though he had an ID on his person, officials have not been able to positively identify him due to decomposition.
"You really couldn't tell if he had any marks on him or not. He was covered in mud, so you really couldn't tell anything about him. There's really not that much to go on right now," Guyton said, adding that investigators believe the body might have been there between a week and three weeks.
Guyton said the man's body was being sent for an autopsy today, but until results come back, investigators don't have much to go on.
"We're just at a standstill right now," he said.