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GBI: Body found is missing Taylor County man

Trey Byers, Victim Trey Byers, Victim
Suspect: Cody Jackson Courtesy: Crawford Co. Sheriff's Office Suspect: Cody Jackson Courtesy: Crawford Co. Sheriff's Office
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CRAWFORD COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - The GBI tells News Leader 9 the remains of a white man found in a wooded area off Fairplay Hill Road in Crawford County has been identified to be James " Trey" Byers of Taylor County.

Investigators say the cause of his death was blunt force trauma to the head.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says Byers body was recently found in a shallow grave in Crawford County. 

Craig Rotter, special assistant agent in charge of the GBI office in Perry, says 22-year-old James Dudley Byers III was last seen Dec. 19 leaving a Fort Valley home in a truck with 21-year-old Cody Daniel Jackson of Musella.

The GBI says Jackson's truck was later found burning near the Crawford County landfill, and Jackson is charged with murder in Byers' disappearance. The body was found on Saturday.

Jackson was in the Crawford County jail on an unrelated probation violation warrant when he was charged.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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