A missing man whose body was found in March underneath a North College Street home was murdered, said Statesboro Public safety Director Wendell Turner.
While official autopsy reports list Orlando Hamilton’s death as a homicide, Statesboro Police aren’t yet releasing the actual cause of death, citing ongoing investigations, said Statesboro Police Capt. Scott Brunson.
Releasing details on an ongoing investigation can compromise the investigation, he explained.
The skeletal remains of Hamilton, who had been missing more than three years, were recovered March 2 underneath an empty brick home at the corner of North College and West Parrish streets. An anonymous caller notified Bulloch County Sheriff’s investigators of the body, which he said he found when looking at the house for repairs.
The caller told Bulloch County Sheriff’s Inv. Jared Akins he was checking the house out for renovations when he discovered the remains, but Turner said Dr. Whit Lord, who owns the house, had not spoken with anyone regarding the home. The rental house has been vacant for two years, he said.
Police said there was evidence that someone had recently tried removing copper pipe from underneath the house.
Hamilton disappeared in Oct. 2007, and was last seen on Denmark Street. He was 20 at the time. Forensic testing identified the body as Hamilton’s.
Turner said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Division of Forensic Sciences released the autopsy results late Monday, listing the manner of death as homicide.
“The Statesboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is actively investigating this case,” Turner said.”Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Keith Holloway at (912) 212-2306 or www.tipsoftonline.com . All information will be confidential.“
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.