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GBI identifies homicide victim; Investigation continues

21-year-old Michael Edwin Haegele; Source: GBI 21-year-old Michael Edwin Haegele; Source: GBI

By Fatima Rahmatullah - email | Twitter

MACON COUNTY, GA  (WTVM) – Agents within Georgia's Bureau of Investigation now have a name for their John Doe--a body discovered last Friday in Macon County, GA.

GBI investigators declared a homicide case soon after they received a phone call last Friday from Macon County Sheriff's office, claiming they found a body alongside Butler Mill Road in Reynolds, Georgia.   

GBI Assistant Special Agent in-charge, Trebor Randle says the body had been lying on the side of the road for at least a day and half.

"We received a call from a concerned friend that they had not seen Michael Haegele since May 1st, that's what lead the investigation to Mauk, Georgia."

The tip came from a couple, that 21-year-old Michael Edwin Haegele lived with in Mauk, Georgia. Originally from Missouri, investigators say Haegele had been living with the couple for the last year and had met them online. 

The couple told police their friend had a surgical rod placed in his leg which was confirmed through autopsy reports.   

"He advised us that his friend had some type of surgery on his leg when he was a child and this did match the info that we had from the state crime lab autopsy," says Randle. 

In order to confirm the tip investigators went to the couple's home to match fingerprints.

Randle says,"so the agents and investigators worked 27 hours straight this(Thursday) morning and were finally able to determine from the fingerprints of the individual's residence in fact did match the fingerprints of the individual that was at the morgue."

Click here to view the official press release from the GBI.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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