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UPDATE: Dublin man found on Ga. 247 was victim of hit and run, investigator says

WARNER ROBINS — The body of a Dublin man found late Thursday on Ga. 247 near Russell Parkway and Booth Road was likely the victim of a hit and run, a sheriff’s investigator said.

The man was identified as Kelly Gainey, 25, said Houston County sheriff’s Lt. Jon Holland.

“It’s likely the driver of the vehicle ... may not have realized they struck a person,” Holland said.

Holland noted the area where the body was discovered was dark, and the only light comes from vehicle headlights. Gainey was wearing dark clothing.

The body was found on Ga. 247 in front of the Anchor Glass property south of Shannon’s Cafe at 100 Ga. 247 about 10:19 p.m. by a passing motorist, Holland said.

The cause of death was cranial cerebral trauma, said Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin.

Gainey apparently was walking southbound when he was struck, Holland said.

Warner Robins police had made contact with Gainey earlier in the night at about 10 p.m. near the Russell Parkway ramp at Ga. 247, Holland said.

“Apparently, he was trying to get a ride home to Dublin,” Holland said. “It certainly is a tragedy for his parents and his family.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Houston County sheriff’s Lt. M.J. Stokes at (478) 542-2010 or Cpl. Greg Pennycuff at (478) 542-2085.

Telegraph writer Liz Fabian contributed to this article. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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