Woman found dead in Warner Robins home had been reported missing

bpurser@macon.comOctober 22, 2013 

Juan Herrera, a Warner Robins police crime scene investigator, works Friday at the Curtis Street home where a badly decomposed body of a woman was found.

BECKY PURSER — bpurser@macon.com

WARNER ROBINS -- The woman whose badly decomposed body was found Thursday night in a vacant house at 324 Curtis St. had been reported missing more than a week earlier.

According to police records, Anita Marie Bergner, 34, of Warner Robins, was reported missing Oct. 8. Tuesday, police identified the remains as Bergner’s.

Her death was ruled a homicide. Police have not released any details related to her death or the discovery of her body.

Bergner had been dead about two weeks based on the decomposition of the body, said Danny Galpin, Houston County’s coroner.

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

“Somebody must have gotten in there,” he said.

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

She noted that people often walk or ride bicycles up and down that 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.

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

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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