Body of missing man found in woods

by Wes Mayer

The body of Austin Daniel Howard, the 24-year-old man who went missing in early December, was found on Christmas Eve, said Newnan authorities.

Howard's body was found in the woods near Newnan Crossing Boulevard on Dec. 24, said Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs with the Newnan Police Department. Riggs said Howard was found on the property of the apartment complex behind the Steak 'n Shake, the Columns at White Oak.

Riggs said authorities do not suspect any criminal activity involved in Howard's death, but are waiting for results from the autopsy, which was performed on Friday.

Howard was last heard from around 8 p.m. on Dec. 7, after he called his mother and requested she pick him up from the Fried Tomato Buffet on Bullsboro Drive. When his mother arrived at the restaurant, however, Howard was no longer there, and it was believed he'd left on foot.

On Dec. 11, Howard's mother contacted the Newnan Police Department to report him missing.



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