A man looking for aluminum cans along a wooded path at the intersection of Banberry Road and Blanche Drive found the body at about 10:45 a.m. Friday. The intersection is just west of I-75 near Franklin Road.
Officer David Baldwin, spokesman for Marietta Police Department, said investigators are working with the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine a cause of death but foul play is not suspected at this time.
Police are not releasing the man’s name, pending notification of relatives and Baldwin said he did not know how long the man’s body had been lying in the wooded area before it was discovered.
West Cobb remains identified
It’s the second time this week a body has been found in a wooded area in Cobb.
A west Cobb man hitting golf balls in his back yard found the body of a 21-year-old black man when he ventured into the woods to reclaim the balls Sunday.
The man came across a human skeleton that was fully clothed in the woods off Bob Cox Road just south of Burnt Hickory Road.
The Cobb medical examiner Friday issued a positive ID on those human remains, saying it was that of Stephen A. Newsome, 21, whose parents live in Texas.
“His parents really didn’t know his last location or anything,” said Sgt. Dana Pierce, spokesman for Cobb Police. “So, we haven’t been able to confirm or address where he was living.”
Newsome’s body has now been sent to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy, which could take weeks. Until that autopsy has been completed, the cause of death remains unknown.
The Marietta Police Department had put out a missing persons bulletin on Newsome in August 2013.
The body was badly decomposed and appeared to have been deceased at least seven or eight months and possibly up to a year, Pierce said.
No suicide note was found, nor were there any weapons found near the body. One man who lives in the area said he’d been told that helium canisters were found lying beside the body, a piece of information Pierce could neither confirm nor deny.
While his parents live in Texas, Pierce said Stephens may have had some family members who lived in the area. Whether they still live in Cobb, he said, is unclear.