MARIETTA— A person searching for scrap metal discovered the remains of a badly decomposed body near a Cobb County subdivision Wednesday night, but police say foul play is not suspected.
Cobb Police responded to the area of Cranfill Road and Joyner Avenue in the Fair Oaks community, just south of Marietta, at about 9 p.m. Wednesday after the person called 911, said Officer Mike Bowman, spokesman for Cobb Police Department.
The body had not been identified as of press time Thursday.
The person had been dead for quite some time, as there was no flesh left on the bones, said Mike Gerhard, operations manager at the Cobb Medical Examiner’s office. He said the office had not yet determined the gender of the remains, and the investigation was just beginning. The office hopes to have preliminary information by Monday or Tuesday.
He said the investigators would return to the scene Thursday afternoon to look for more clues.
“When you’re dealing with this kind of thing, it just takes a little bit of time to piece all of the information together and listen to what the bones are trying to tell you,” Gerhard said.
Foul play is not suspected, Bowman said, and the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office has taken over the investigation from police.
Two other sets of skeletal remains have been found in recent months in Cobb County.
A west Cobb man hitting golf balls in his back yard found the body of a 21-year-old black man when he ventured into the woods to reclaim the balls Feb. 16. The man came across a human skeleton that was fully clothed in the woods off Bob Cox Road just south of Burnt Hickory Road.
The Cobb medical examiner issued a positive ID two days later on those human remains, saying it was that of Stephen A. Newsome, 21, whose parents live in Texas.
Later that same week, a man looking for aluminum cans along a wooded path at the intersection of Banberry Road and Blanche Drive found a body at about Feb. 21. The intersection is just west of Interstate 75 near Franklin Road.