Updated: Body found in SummerGrove; autopsy set for Wednesday

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The body of an unidentified adult male was discovered on the upper side of this fallen tree in the creek that runs under SummerGrove Parkway.

By JOHN A. WINTERS john@newnan.com UPDATED at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday -- Authorities have made a tentative identification of the body of an adult male discovered in a SummerGrove neighborhood creek Monday, who is believed to be a local resident. However, police are waiting confirmation from relatives before releasing any other information.
In the meantime, an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday to determine the cause of death. That is being handled by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s state crime lab. “We can’t even speculate on a cause of death at this point,” said Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs with the Newnan Police Department. He said based on the tentative ID, the white male is a local resident. Please turn to Wednesday editions of The Newnan Times-Herald and www.times-herald.com for more details on this developing story. * * * ORIGINAL STORY published on Monday, Dec. 19 * * * The body of an unidentified adult white man was discovered in a creek in the SummerGrove subdivision near the golf course Monday afternoon. The body was taken to the state crime lab to determine the cause of death, although authorities said the body probably was in the creek “a few days.” Traffic was blocked along SummerGrove Parkway for more than two hours as authorities investigated the incident. The body was found under the bridge on the parkway. Newnan Police Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs said authorities were notified Monday afternoon by residents who saw the body as they walked by around 3:30 p.m. Police Chief Buster Meadows said the body was in the creek for “more than a few days." “There’s not enough tell-tale information to say how he died yet,” the chief added. “We just don’t have enough information.” SummerGrove is a large, upscale subdivision of more than 2,000 homes off Lower Fayetteville Road and east of Interstate 85.

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