Man finds skeletal remains
by Nikki Wiley
April 18, 2014 04:00 AM | 7696 views | 7 7 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print

MARIETTA— A person searching for scrap metal discovered the remains of a badly decomposed body near a Cobb County subdivision Wednesday night, but police say foul play is not suspected.

Cobb Police responded to the area of Cranfill Road and Joyner Avenue in the Fair Oaks community, just south of Marietta, at about 9 p.m. Wednesday after the person called 911, said Officer Mike Bowman, spokesman for Cobb Police Department.

The body had not been identified as of press time Thursday.

The person had been dead for quite some time, as there was no flesh left on the bones, said Mike Gerhard, operations manager at the Cobb Medical Examiner’s office. He said the office had not yet determined the gender of the remains, and the investigation was just beginning. The office hopes to have preliminary information by Monday or Tuesday.

He said the investigators would return to the scene Thursday afternoon to look for more clues.

“When you’re dealing with this kind of thing, it just takes a little bit of time to piece all of the information together and listen to what the bones are trying to tell you,” Gerhard said.

Foul play is not suspected, Bowman said, and the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office has taken over the investigation from police.

Two other sets of skeletal remains have been found in recent months in Cobb County.

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 Feb. 16. 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 issued a positive ID two days later on those human remains, saying it was that of Stephen A. Newsome, 21, whose parents live in Texas.

Later that same week, a man looking for aluminum cans along a wooded path at the intersection of Banberry Road and Blanche Drive found a body at about Feb. 21. The intersection is just west of Interstate 75 near Franklin Road.

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A mother
March 22, 2015
Any of these remains could be my missing son who has been missing for 10 years.I hope all the information is run thru NAmUS.If you are a family member and have a missing person lease make sure their dna in put in to this web site.
sherlock H.
April 22, 2014
It could be something as simple as a homeless person freezing or otherwise just dying in a brown-lot.

I personally find it more disturbing that we have three bodies showing up in similar places in just about 2 months time.

Given cobb counties population and the make-up of it's many people...I'm surprised there are not more...perhaps those bodies will be found in the months to come...most likely by those of us not trying to eek out a living in office cubicles.
April 19, 2014
how do yo know the truth about where the body was found ?
April 22, 2014
I can't talk for WCR but I live down the street from where the man/women was found it was a small lot over grown with cutzuu and weeds and it had a brown privacy fence Near it from what I understand the body was up agent the fence and by the look of what remain of the clothing it was a male but not sure on that
April 17, 2014
Looking for scrap metal at 9:00 at night, in a subdivision? Plus a body out there for months and they do not suspect foul play?
April 18, 2014
If you read the story and comprehend what you read it said that the body was found near a subdivision. The truth of the story is it was closer to South Cobb Drive in a small field than anything else. I can't say anything about him looking for scrap metal at that time but only he can answer that one.
April 17, 2014
Jimmy Hoffa is found!
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