The suspicious death investigation on Berthoud Pass off Willis Foreman Road in Hephzibah has been ruled a suicide, the coroner says.
The call was received at 10:25 p.m. on Monday after someone asked authorities to conduct a welfare check on an elderly man living alone on the 1200 block of Berthoud Pass. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:10 p.m. Monday.
An autopsy was delayed until Wednesday because the GBI Crime Lab was full. Once it was completed, authorities said that “suicide has been determined.”
“The identity of the victim is being withheld due to trying to locate any family,” Coroner Mark Bowen said in a press release. “The victim died from a gunshot wound to the head – self inflicted.”