Man’s body found in Ocmulgee River near Second Street

A kayaker on the Ocmulgee River made a disturbing discovery about 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

The badly decomposed body of a black man was found about 300 feet from the Second Street Bridge, said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

“He was extremely decomposed,” said Jones.

Temperatures in triple digits and immersion in water can speed decomposition, so it was not immediately clear how long the man had been there.

Jones pronounced him dead about 10:30 a.m.

The body was removed by boat at the Spring Street boat landing and sent to the medical examiner’s office, where the man will be identified and an autopsy will be performed next week.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 751-7500.