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Body found in Ocmulgee with Mary Persons prom bracelet is 52-year-old man

The body found floating in the Ocmulgee River Saturday was identified Wednesday as a 52-year-old man, who was believed to be homeless.

Winston Gamble, who previously lived in Titusville, Florida, checked himself out of a Macon nursing home on Anthony Road about a year ago, said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

The investigation shifted to Monroe County after authorities cleaned off a black-and-gold bracelet he was wearing from “Mary Persons Prom 2015.”

“He probably picked up the bracelet somewhere,” Jones said.

Kayakers found the body about 300 feet south of the Second Street Bridge.

Monday’s autopsy was inconclusive as to the cause of death, pending the results of toxicology testing, Jones said.

The Bibb County sheriff’s crime lab was able to identify Gamble through fingerprint records, but foul play is not suspected in the death, Jones said.

Next of kin has been notified, according to the sheriff’s office, but anyone with information in the case is asked to call the office at 478-751-7500 and ask to leave a message for the on-call investigator.

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