Anthropologist to help determine cause of death of man found beside tracks

The body of a man found dead beside railroad tracks off Lower Poplar Street on Wednesday is being sent to an anthropologist to help determine how the man died, said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

Jones said an autopsy performed Wednesday and Thursday on 62-year-old Rudolph Cooper did not reveal a clear cause of death.

The body will be sent to the GBI in Atlanta where an anthropologist will examine the bones, he said.

Railroad workers discovered Cooper’s body just before noon Wednesday beside a stretch of track near the ConAgra Flour Milling Co.

Authorities have said it’s hard to tell how Cooper, of St. Paul’s Apartments on Forsyth Street, died because of exposure to weather and animals.

He appeared to have been dead for about two weeks.

Cooper had been reported as a missing person March 20.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.