A survey crew stumbled upon a skull late Monday morning deep in the woods near the 2100 block of Old Holton Road.
Private contractors for the Macon Water Authority called 911 shortly after 10 a.m. Macon police investigators found other bones, male clothing and some identification belonging to 53-year-old Norman Carl Tucker, who failed to report for probation earlier this year.
It wasnt the first time Tucker failed to show.
Bibb County Court records show he pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of an officer after being charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer and aggravated assault in March 2009.
After he spent more than 10 months in jail, the Jan. 28, 2010, sentencing agreement allowed him to serve his five-year sentence on probation, while ordering him to undergo a mental health evaluation and treatment.
Tucker didnt report for more than two years between Feb. 9, 2010, and when he was arrested last Oct. 14 on a probation violation.
He stayed in the Bibb County jail until Dec. 13 when he was released on the condition that he have a mental health evaluation. But by the end of January, he had failed to report again.
On Jan. 2, Tucker checked out of the Macon Inn on Riverside Drive near Spring Street, manager David Patel said.
He had been a frequent guest, staying 946 nights, but Patel only saw him when he paid his bill every Saturday morning.
I dont see him any other time, Patel said. I dont know where he comes from or where he eats or where he buys groceries.
Janie Churchey, who lives across the street from where Tuckers remains were found, said there was no path in the woods and she never saw anyone going in or out of there.
Its really quiet around here, normally, Churchey said. People walk by every once in a while, but not even really that often.
She said the discovery makes her nervous.
Investigators followed a path which apparently had been cut recently for the survey work.
Macon police Maj. Charles Stone initially said the jaw of the skull was missing, which could be the result of animals scavenging the body. It was not clear if that jawbone was eventually gathered up with the rest of the remains.
There was no hair or flesh remaining on the skull, which means it had been there a while, he said,
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said most of the bodys bones were found about 20 or 30 feet away from the skull.
For about two hours, Macon police crime scene technicians gathered evidence in the thick brush not too far from Riverside Drive, but well out of sight, Jones said.
GBI forensic testing will be needed to positively identify the bones. Jones is asking Tuckers family to call his office at 621-6314.
After hearing a skull had been found, Stone immediately thought of Lauren Giddings, a victim in a 2011 slaying. Only her torso was found after her killing.
Its what I think of first when I hear something like this, he said.
Considering the location of Tuckers remains, police are treating this case as a homicide.
When we come to a scene like this, its foul play until we can rule it out, Stone said.
Anyone with information about Tucker is asked to call Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 877-68-CRIME.
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