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Porterdale man found dead at Madison rest stop amid criminal investigation
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MADISON, Ga. – A Porterdale man was found dead in his truck at an interstate rest stop in Madison Saturday. According to a Porterdale Police Department incident report, he was also the subject of a child molestation investigation at the time of his death. 

Bernard Sankfield was located in his truck after someone at the rest stop saw him and requested a welfare check, Morgan County Coroner Adam Carter told The Covington News. 

There were no immediate signs to determine to the cause or manner of his death, so the results are pending autopsy results, Carter said. It could take up to 14 weeks for all of the toxicology reports to be completed. 

According to the PPD incident report, multiple female victims had recently come forward to report alleged molestation by Sankfield. The victims reported the incidents allegedly took place when they were between the ages of 12 and 17. 

PPD Sgt. Charles Cook reported on Feb. 10 Sankfield met him at PPD and stated “I done some things I shouldn’t have.” 

It was also reported that Sankfield resigned from his place of work Feb. 11 and left his residence Feb. 10 and was last seen by his wife Feb. 12 parked at McDonalds on Industrial Boulevard. 

According to the PPD report, Sankfield was previously employed at Redan High School in Stone Mountain.