No foul play is suspected in the death of a man whose body was found burned Thursday afternoon in Statesboro.
The body of Otto James Roundtree III, 24, was discovered in a wooded area around 2 p.m. Thursday near the railroad tracks off South College Street just south of Eagle Health and Rehabilitation after Statesboro firefighters responded to the report of a brush fire.
Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said the body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Savannah, and as of Friday, the cause and manner of Roundtree’s death had not yet been determined.
“Preliminary results from the autopsy conducted today indicated no foul play associated with the death of Roundtree,” he said. “The investigation into this death is still continuing, and official results are still pending from the state crime lab for the official cause of death.”
Detective Sgt. James Winskey said he could not elaborate on the connection between the brush fire and the burned body because of the ongoing investigation.
Bulloch County Deputy Coroner Chuck Francis said Roundtree had a “known psychiatric past.”
Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. Winskey is leading the investigation.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.