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Decaying Body Discovered in Parking Lot of Old Augusta Car Dealership


Authorities are investigating after the discovery of a decaying body in the parking lot of the former Johnson Cadillac dealership located at 1122 Walton Way.

The grim find was reported on Tuesday, prompting a response from the Coroner’s Office.

According to Coroner Mark Bowen, the body had been deceased for several days before being discovered. The condition of the remains has led investigators to deem the death as suspicious. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause and manner of death, and to facilitate positive identification of the deceased.

The old Johnson Cadillac dealership has been vacant for some time, raising questions about how long the body had been there and whether it was related to the property’s disuse.

Authorities have not released further details or the identity of the deceased individual pending notification of family members and the completion of the autopsy. The investigation is ongoing.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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