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Posted: December 9, 2009 12:30 a.m.

Man’s body found in Social Circle

A body found in Walton County has been identified as that of a Covington man, according to Newton County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tyrone Oliver.

A deer hunter stumbled upon the body of an adult man in a wooded area off Clegg Farm Road near Social Circle Sunday afternoon. Authorities have been tight-lipped, not releasing how long they believed the body had been there or if the cause of death was obvious.

The body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for autopsy, but according to Oliver, they have not officially declared the death a homicide.

"It’s definitely being investigated as a suspicious death," he said. "We’re still following up on a lot of leads." The NCSO is working with Walton County Sheriff’s Investigators, who are currently in charge of the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the NCSO at (678) 625-1400 or the WCSO at (770) 267-6557. Tips can also be left anonymously on the NCSO Web site at www.newtoncountysheriffga.org.

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