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Man's body found in burned car in Ellabell

No identification or cause of death determined

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Man's body found in burned car in Ellabell

An autopsy performed Monday revealed that a body found in a burned car in Ellabell on Friday is that of a male, but investigators are still awaiting results to determine the person's identity and cause of death.

Bill Bodrey, special agent-in-charge of Statesboro's Region 5 Georgia Bureau of Investigation office, said the man was found in a burned Nissan Maxima at 11:38 p.m. Friday after Bryan County sheriff's deputies and the Bryan County Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire near the intersection of Olive Branch Road and Heap Road in Bryan County and extinguished the flames.

After the body was found inside the car and further investigation took place, the Bryan County Sheriff's Office contacted the Region 5 GBI office for assistance, Bodrey said.

The man's body was sent to the GBI Crime Lab in Savannah, where an autopsy was performed Monday morning. However, there are still questions, and the complete results had not yet been learned as of Monday evening, he said.

The Nissan Maxima has been identified, but Bodrey said that information is not yet being released. He also did not comment on whether GBI investigators suspect foul play. The case is still being referred to as a "death investigation," without indication of cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about this incident, or who may have seen any suspicious activity or persons in the area, is asked to contact the GBI in Statesboro at (912) 871-1121 or the Bryan County Sheriff's Office at (912) 653-3800.

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.



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