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Mary Persons prom bracelet shifts Ocmulgee body probe to Monroe County

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has joined the investigation of a body found Saturday in the Ocmulgee River.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones has yet to identify the badly decomposed body, but he discovered more information during the autopsy Monday morning.

Sunday, Jones learned the man was wearing a black and gold rubber bracelet that said “Prom 2015” on it, but when it was cleaned during the procedure, the words “Mary Persons” were uncovered.

Mary Persons High School is in Monroe County.

Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick said there are no active missing person’s cases in his county that fit the description of the man found in the river.

“We’re trying to see if we can narrow this down,” Bittick said Monday morning.

There were no clothes or tattoos on the body, which was discovered by a kayaker Saturday morning. The body was badly decomposed, and Jones was unable to determine how long the man had been in the water.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 751-7500, or call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at 994-7043 or 994-7048 and ask to speak with Sheriff John Cary Bittick or Capt. Ben Cook.

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