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Investigators identify body of man found in dumpster

By Laurie Bernstein - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - All Mark Guy wanted to do was clear out the trash in his car Wednesday afternoon...but as he carried his scrap papers and empty soda cups to a dumpster on Highway 137 near Butler, he got the shock of his life.

"I walked up to the dumpster, and saw a head laying there. I didn't know if it was a mannequin head or a real head," said Guy, a Taylor County resident.

After taking a second look, and realizing it was in fact a dead body, Guy immediately called the local sheriff, Jeff Watson, out to the scene.

"He was very upset, talking real fast, saying that he found a body in the dumpster.
When I looked in, I realized it wasn't someone from Taylor County," said Sheriff Watson.

Since the victim wasn't local, Watson immediately called in the GBI to help in the investigation.

"The body was in good condition, not too decomposed. It hadn't been there long, maybe a couple of hours," said Rodney Wall, Special Agent in Charge of the GBI out of Columbus.

After the gruesome discovery was made in the dumpster, many questions still remain. Investigators know who the man is, but they don't know how he died, since there was no trauma to the body.

They also don't know how he got there...GBI agents were able to match fingerprints and identify the man as 22-year-old LaShon Douglas of Snellville, Georgia.

"We have agents on the ground now, working the case, following up leads as we speak," said Agent Wall.

Douglas's family is also being interviewed, as agents try to retrace his steps and compile a list of possible suspects.

With the victim from another city, it presents a challenge to investigators, but it's not the first time that the Taylor County Sheriff has dealt with a case like this.

"This is the second time in five years where someone from another county came in, got murdered, and Taylor County has nothing to do with it but the location," said Sheriff Watson.

An autopsy is pending, and agents hope to determine the actual cause of death soon.

Count on News Leader Nine to bring you the latest updates in the case.

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