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Body found behind Kmart
No foul play suspected
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Two juveniles exploring the area behind Statesboro's Kmart on Friday discovered the body of a man investigators said could have been homeless.

Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch said the man is a white male, but he had no identification on his person, although a cellphone was found nearby.

"Police are checking into it to see if there is any contact information," he said.

Two juveniles were wandering around the area behind Kmart around
3 p.m. Friday when they found the body and called police, said Madison Warren, Statesboro police community information specialist.

Quoting Detective Jared Akins, who is handling the case, she said there is no foul play suspected.

Futch said the man, whom he suspected to be homeless, appeared to have been dead "10 to 12 days." His body was sent Monday morning to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Savannah for an autopsy.

Results from the autopsy are not expected to be returned for several days, he said.

Portal police Chief Jason Sapp said efforts are being made to determine whether the body is that of a man who has been missing since Dec. 28.

David Jakob Johnson, 22, was last seen on that day and was living in a homeless situation, although he has relatives in Portal, Sapp said.

He was known to frequent the area near Kmart, McDonald's and the Gate Station on Northside Drive East. Portal police have contacted Johnson's dentist to obtain and check dental records, he said.

However, as of Monday, there was no indication of the deceased man's identity or how he died.


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



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