Body found inside WR apartment

WARNER ROBINS — Warner Robins police are investigating the discovery of a badly decomposed body in a unit at Cedar Pointe Apartments at 135 Ignico Drive.

The body of the man, about 40 years old, was discovered inside an apartment by management Monday morning, Warner Robins police Lt. Chris Rooks said.

Police have an idea of the man’s identity and have talked with people they believe to be his family, but until the identity is verified through an autopsy, the name is being withheld, Rooks said.

Rooks was reluctant to say whether the death was from natural causes or possibly foul play.

“Until you know what the person died of, you cannot make an exact determination,” Rooks said.

Rooks declined to comment on whether there was any physical evidence at the scene to indicate a break-in, or whether there appeared to be any obvious physical trauma to the body.

The man’s body had been in the apartment for about two days before it was discovered, Rooks said.

The GBI is expected to conduct the autopsy.

Rooks said in an e-mail late Tuesday afternoon that he would release the autopsy results when available.

A marked police car with an officer, as well as the police department’s mobile command post remained on site Tuesday.

Forensics investigators took down the yellow crime scene tape that had encircled Apt. 2 and Apt. 3 of Building 207 late Tuesday afternoon.

Debara Davidson, who lives in a nearby townhouse at the complex, said she didn’t know the name of the man who was believed to have died in his apartment but that he had lived in the complex for about five years. Davidson said she once lived next-door to the man.

She said he was friendly and spoke to the children in the complex.

Davidson said he kept mostly to himself and remained most often inside his apartment. She said she would see him out when he went to check his mail or washed clothes at the laundry. She said her daughter would talk with him at the laundry.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 923-3109, extension 243.