Cedar Creek update: Victim identified only as a male; autopsy set for GBI Crime Lab.

Cedar Creek update: Victim identified only as a male; autopsy set for GBI Crime Lab.


The West Avenue bridge over Cedar Creek. Photo: WGAA


This update is courtesy of WGAA 1340 AM and 106.1 FM in Cedartown. Please click WGAA for the full report. The latest:

The victim: All we know so far is that it was the body of an adult male. It is unclear how long the body had been out in the elements but authorities could not make a positive identification when the body was recovered.

Autopsy: Scheduled for the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur.

The scenario: The water level of the creek was higher than usual because of excessive rainfall, prompting Cedartown and Polk County Fire Rescue units to use a boat to get to the body, according to a press release from the City of Cedartown.

From Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome: “The coroner transported the body to the crime lab Wednesday night. We are awaiting their findings.”


Media release: Cedartown Police, along with the Crime Scene Unit from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, are currently working to recover a body from Cedar Creek.

According to Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome, pedestrians were crossing over the West Avenue bridge when they spotted what appeared to be a body in the creek. Police were notified and located the body of a deceased person. A boat has been called to the scene and recovery efforts are under way.
The identity of the deceased individual is not known at this time.
Newsome said no other details are known at this time.
All information about the case is being coordinated through Cedartown Police and not the GBI.
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