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Devereux crime scene

Georgia investigators look into body found ‘in plastic bags’ in small town yard

State law enforcement agents are investigation a body dumped onto the lawn of a house on Main Street in a small Georgia town Friday evening.

Mary Chandler, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Milledgeville office, told the Macon Telegraph that a 911 caller alerted the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office about a “deceased” person in the yard of the home in Devereux shortly before 7 p.m.

A law enforcement source familiar with the investigation told the newspaper that the body had been placed “in plastic bags” and may have been dismembered. Chandler could not confirm that report.

The agent said it wasn’t clear how long the victim had been been dead.

According to WMAZ, the initial investigation indicated two people stayed at the home on occasion; sheriff’s investigators and state agents are trying to identify those people and are interviewing neighbors and other people who may know something about the incident.

The GBI crime lab in Decatur is conducting an autopsy and will work to identify the victim and determine cause of death.

Devereux is a tiny community of about 1,400 people located southeast of Atlanta, roughly halfway between Macon and Augusta.

Officials asked anyone with information to call the GBI’s regional investigative office in Milledgeville at 478-445-4173 or the Hancock County Sheriff’s office at 706-444-6471. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

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[Featured image: Devereux crime scene/Georgia Bureau of Investigation]