A partial human skeleton was found Sunday afternoon in Flowery Branch and law enforcement authorities are trying to determine the cause of death.
A “preliminary examination of the body and the scene do not lead police to a readily apparent cause of death,” Flowery Branch Police Chief David Spillers said in an email Monday.
“At this time, foul play does not seem to be a consideration but likewise cannot be ruled out until a complete examination of the body is made” by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Flowery Branch police received a report at 3:20 p.m. of the remains, which were found in woods off Capitola Farm Road near Spout Springs Road.
A person searching for Native American artifacts discovered the remains, Spillers said.
Shortly after officers arrived and confirmed the remains as human, the department called the GBI Crime Scene Unit to help process the scene.
“It is unknown at this time just how long the body had been in the wooded area,” Spillers said.
The remains are those of a white man with gray or graying hair. He was wearing khaki pants and a dark blue jacket.
Items found with the body indicate the man’s identity, but his name won’t be released until authorities notify his next of kin, Spillers said.
The body was transported to the GBI Crime Lab.
Spillers said there is reason to believe the remains are connected to a missing person’s case in central Florida.
“We’ve been working with some authorities in Florida,” he said. “They’re reluctant to make any sort of contact with next of kin until we have a pretty solid determination from the crime lab.”
Release of more information may take some time, he said.
“The reason that they can’t jump on it right away is because there are so many bodies that came in through the course of the weekend,” Spillers said.