Man found dead in vacant house in Macon identified

A man found dead inside an abandoned Houston Avenue house has been identified, but the public’s help is needed to help locate his family.

Carlton Whitfield, 50, was found dead inside a vacant house at 4340 Houston Ave. on Aug. 4, said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

Whitfield’s body was difficult to identify because it was in the house for a couple of weeks. Evidence of a recent knee surgery matched Whitfield’s medical records, Jones said.

Autopsy results are pending toxicology tests.

Whitfield’s body has been moved from the GBI crime lab to a private morgue until next of kin is located, Jones said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the coroner’s office at 621-6314.