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Man found near site of vehicle fire identified

POSTED: November 27, 2012 11:59 p.m.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 53-year-old man whose body was found Monday afternoon behind a burning vehicle northeast of Cumming.

The fire was reported about 1 p.m. and firefighters discovered the body after the flames had been put out.

Sheriff’s Capt. Tim House said that authorities are working to determine how William Joseph Barefoot died, though his death is not believed to be the result of foul play.

The death is under investigation and an autopsy is scheduled at the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office.

“We really don’t know yet,” House said. “The medical examiner is going to have to do their autopsy ... to find out what the cause of death is.”

Investigators do, however, have an idea how the car came to be in the ditch on Pilgrim Mill Circle, which is off Pilgrim Mill Road and near Lake Lanier and Ga. 400.

“What it appears to be ... is that somebody might have backed out of a driveway over here, ran off the roadway (and) got stuck,” House said. “The car (caught) on fire, and for whatever reason, the person is deceased.”

He added that there were signs that someone had tried to move the car after it got stuck.  


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