Body of missing Macon man found in Houston County creek

bpurser@macon.comDecember 9, 2013 

Joshua Tucker

The body of a 25-year-old Macon man reported missing in November was found Friday in a creek just west of 41 Circle in south Houston County.

Foul play is not suspected.

Joshua Tucker’s mother reported him missing Nov. 24 after he did not return home for several days.

“We think he fell in,” said Houston County sheriff’s Sgt. George Runyon. “We think it’s an accidental thing.”

An investigation revealed that Tucker was last seen alive near a bridge of the creek Nov. 18 about 3 or 4 a.m. where he was fishing among some rocks with friends.

Although they didn’t see him when they left, the friends didn’t think anything was amiss until nobody heard from Tucker, Runyon said.

Friday, Perry police found a fishing pole and walking stick near the bridge, and a search was initiated. Also, a check of Houston County sheriff’s records found that deputies had towed a vehicle from the bridge Nov. 19. The investigation found it was driven by Tucker, Runyon said.

Tucker’s body was discovered in the creek about 1,000 feet from the bridge late Friday afternoon by Houston County firefighters with the help of a cadaver dog. A Georgia State Patrol helicopter was also used in the search.

The body has been sent to a GBI crime lab. The cause of death is pending the toxicology report.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Runyon at 478-542-2085 or Perry police Detective Andrew Dodson at 478-988-2821.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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