It has been determined that the human, skeletal remains discovered Feb. 24 in a wooded area in a creek behind the Dandelion Inn in the Banks Crossing shopping mall area are those of an adult male.
According to a press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), three patrons of the hotel were panning for gold in the creek when a bone identified as human was found in the creek’s bed. They notified the Banks County Sheriff’s Office, who requested the assistance of the GBI.
An exhaustive search of the creek and the land surrounding it took place over the next two days. GBI agents and BCSO deputies located more human skeletal remains, as well as other items. Among the other items discovered were a man’s digital watch and a cigarette lighter with the name “Marty” engraved on it.
A preliminary examination of the remains by a University of Georgia Anthropologist indicated the remains belonged to an adult male. Although the identity of the remains is unknown, it is possible the person has been missing, or deceased, since as early as 2006, officials report.
A search of missing person’s databases did not provide any immediate leads as to the unknown person’s identity. The skeletal remains were transported to the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur for further examination and testing. It is unknown at this time if foul play was involved.
Anyone with any information may contact the GBI Athens Office or the Banks County Sheriff’s Office.
Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)