COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Just one day after the body of a missing man was positively identified, Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan sat down to talk about what's next in the case of 26-year-old Brian Antley.
"We got lucky on this case because Mr. Antley had been declared a missing person, so we started looking at those profiles along with the detectives," Bryan said.
Antley had been missing since Sept. 13, and on Oct. 22, human remains were discovered off River Road in Columbus.
"In this case, all we had was clothing and the body was in a badly decomposition state," he said.
Bryan says that clothing helped them to positively identify the body as Antley this week.
"We were able to extract DNA and blood samples, which we send to toxicology and we had fingerprints," Bryan said.
The GBI is now working on a toxicology report and autopsy to try to figure out a cause and manner of death. Bryan explained there are only five manners of death: homicide, suicide, accidental, natural, and undetermined.
"This case could come back as undetermined, they might not be able to determine an actual manner of death," the coroner added.
He says that information will come back from the medical examiner.
The Antley family has asked for privacy as they grieve.