Crime

Body of naked man pulled from Ocmulgee River

The body of an unidentified naked man was found snagged on a tree in the Ocmulgee River late Sunday morning.

Two kayakers, after spotting the body, called 911 at about 11:45 a.m., said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

Macon-Bibb County firefighters pulled the body ashore about three and a half miles downstream from the Spring Street Bridge, said fire Battalion Chief Preston Thomas.

The body was tangled in branches, Thomas said.

Jones said it appears as though the man drowned.

There aren’t any apparent bullet holes or stab wounds, but an autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning to determine what caused the man’s death, he said.

There were signs that the body had been in the water “a while,” possibly two or three days, “if not more,” Jones said.

Authorities need help identifying the deceased, who is described as being white and between 35 and 55 years old.

Jones said the man had a full beard.

He also has the name Kellie tattooed on his left arm, a tattoo of stars on the left side of his chest with the name Booboo underneath and a tattoo of a crown with a lion on the right side of his chest with the name Jesus, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call Jones at 256-6716, Deputy Coroner Lonnie Miley at 256-6714, Investigator Sgt. Shelly Rutherford at 447-2323 or the sheriff’s office at 751-7500 and ask for the on-call crimes against persons investigator.

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