Macon police said Thursday night that homicide isn’t suspected in the death of an unidentified man whose body was dragged to the front of The Medical Center of Central Georgia by a man trying to assist him.
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said the victim had no identification but was a Chinese native in his late 30s.
He and Macon police detective Scott Chapman said the cause of death is not yet known, but it’s possible the man died of a diabetes-related issue, because diabetic medicine was found with his body.
Several police cars were at the scene Thursday evening, and the front of The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s surgical center on Pine Street was taped off for about an hour as investigators secured the scene.
A small screen and some sheets kept the body out of public view.
The man who took the deceased man to the hospital also is a Chinese native who speaks little or no English. A physician at the Medical Center who speaks Mandarin Chinese was used as a translator.
Chapman said the man who drove the deceased man to the hospital owns a restaurant in Perry. The deceased man showed up five days ago, asking the man for a job.
The man allowed the deceased man to stay in his home even though he apparently never learned his name.
When the restaurant owner returned to his home Thursday, he saw that the man was very sick and put him in his car, Chapman said.
Neither Chapman nor Jones could say why the man chose to drive to the Medical Center rather than seek medical attention at a closer facility in Perry or Warner Robins.
Kelvin Goolsby was smoking a cigarette in front of The Children’s Hospital when the driver pulled up, apparently thinking it was the entrance to the emergency room.
When the driver opened the car’s back door, the deceased fell out of the automobile. Goolsby said he attempted to help the restaurant owner carry the body to the hospital.
Goolsby said they got the body to the front of the surgical center before he ran to find a police officer.
“That’s the first time I’ve ever seen a dead person,” he said.
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