Officials: Body found near Lavonia identified as man reported missing in July

The GBI identified the man Friday morning
Published: Oct. 27, 2023 at 11:55 AM EDT
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LAVONIA, Ga. (FOX Carolina) - Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) officials said a body found near Lavonia was identified as a man who has been missing since July.

According to officials, Hart County deputies began working with the White County Sheriff’s Office after a missing man’s, Douglas Cordell Barnes, truck was found near I-85 on July 21.

On Sept. 4, the Lavonia Police Department said a resident checked their wildlife cameras and saw what appeared to be a body near David Avenue and I-85.

The GBI said the Medical Examiner’s Office identified the remains as Barnes on Oct. 27.

This case remains open until lab reports are completed.

Stay tuned as we work to learn more information.

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