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Body found Friday identified as homeless man

POSTED: September 17, 2013 11:54 p.m.

Matthew Joseph Fannelli, 47, was identified as the man found dead Friday in the 1400 block of Lyman Street, according to Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Wilbanks said Fannelli previously lived in Flowery Branch but the sheriff’s office believes he was homeless and staying at an abandoned residence next door to where his body was discovered.

Foul play is not suspected in the incident. Wilbanks said Friday the sheriff’s office believes the man fell into a drainage ditch, struck his head and bled to death before a passer-by found him and called authorities.

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