Georgia

Man dead inside home 3 weeks before being discovered; 1 person in custody

HOGANSVILLE, Ga. - Hogansville police say they have arrested a man on theft and concealment of a death charge.

According to a release, they say officers responded to a home in the 500 block of Askew Avenue on a welfare check for a resident who had not been seen for several days. The occupant was found dead by Hogansville police and the Troup County Coroner determined the person died of natural cases.

It was an alert Hogansville utility worker who was out performing service disconnects that led police to the residence. The city employee knew the occupant to be prompt on paying his utility bills, so became suspicious when the homeowner appeared on a service disconnect list for non-payment. After getting no answer at the man’s front door and observing a mobility walker in a vehicle parked in front of the residence, the city employee he alerted his supervisor who called police and requested a welfare check.

According to the Troup County Coroner, the man had been deceased for about three weeks before being discovered by Hogansville police.

During the police's investigation, police received an anonymous tip that someone may have entered the property shortly after the man's death and stole an undetermined amount of cash. Police interviewed several people and arrested 29-year-old Christopher Harris of Hogansville.

Harris was booked into the Troup County Jail and a portion of the cash stolen from the home has since been recovered by police.

The Hogansville Police Department is urging anyone with any further information on this case to contact our tip line at info@hogansvillepd.com or Sgt. Jeff Sheppard at (706) 637-6648.


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