Decomposed body found in vacant Warner Robins house

bpurser@macon.comOctober 18, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- A woman’s body was found Thursday night at a vacant residence at 324 Curtis St.

Warner Robins police are investigating to determine the manner of death. The death is being treated as a homicide, a Warner Robins police news release stated.

The woman had been dead about two weeks based on the decomposition of the body, said Danny Galpin, the Houston County coroner. The body was taken to a GBI crime lab in Macon for an autopsy.

The body was discovered about 9:45 p.m. Thursday. The woman’s identification was withheld pending notification of family.

The woman was a white female, said Tabitha Pugh, the department’s public information officer. No other information was released.

Houston County property tax records show that the property belongs to Macon resident Barbara Keene. Her husband, Wyatt Keene, said the house was vacant.

“It was completely boarded up,” he said. “Somebody must have gotten in there.”

Boards could be seen covering the front windows of the small, single-story home, and the lawn had not been mowed for some time.

The home near Robins Air Force Base was encircled in yellow crime-scene tape.

Crime scene investigators wearing protective masks as well as protective jumpsuits were on site Friday. The Warner Robins police mobile command unit, a specially equipped recreational vehicle, also was parked nearby.

Joanna Winn, who lives a few houses down on Curtis Street, said she was surprised that no one heard or smelled anything.

She noted that people are often walking or riding bicycles up and down Curtis Street.

“We didn’t know anything was going on until the police showed up,” Winn said.

Several homes along Curtis Street are vacant and boarded up, she noted.

Anyone with information in the incident is asked to contact Warner Robins police Detective Shane Mann at 302-5381. Information may also be given anonymously through TipSubmit by texting the tip to CRIMES (274637) and include the keyword WRPD in the text. Or you can call Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 742-2330 or 1-877-68CRIME.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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