The body found in the Chattahoochee River earlier this week was identified today. According to Cobb police, the 34-year-old male, found lying in the water close to the Austell area, was a homicide victim.
The deceased man has been identified as Perfecto Ochoa Alvarado, per Sgt. Dana Pierce of the Cobb police. According to court records, Alvarado previously resided in North Carolina and Norfolk, Virginia.
“When officers arrived, they confirmed that the body was lying on a log near the bank. The Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services recovered the body and with the assistance of a boat from the Department of Natural Resources, officials were able to take it to a nearby boat ramp where it was turned over to the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office for further examination," Sgt. Pierce said in an email statement.
Due to the ongoing investigation, detectives have not released any other information and have not yet determined exactly how Alvarado was killed. However, in a statement released today, authorities stated that Alvarado remained in the water, dead, for at least two weeks.
Authorities are still seeking answers and urge anyone with any information regarding the homicide to call the Cobb County Police Department at 770-499-3945.