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Body of missing Woodstock man found behind local church

Jay Gentry, 40, was found dead this evening, behind a church in Woodstock.
Jay Gentry, 40, was found dead this evening, behind a church in Woodstock. WSB

The body of 40-year-old Jay Gentry was found today, behind a closed church off of Turner Hill Road in Woodstock, WSB reports.

Per the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Jay Gentry's wife, Jessica Gentry, reported her husband missing at around 10 p.m. on Sunday night. He left their residence earlier that evening at 7 p.m. without his cellphone, money, or identification.

Police didn't alert the public immediately, but when Jay Gentry didn't show up for work this week, flyers, banners, and pictures were shared on social media sites. Several pictures of the missing man were also posted in gas stations and at local parks in Woodstock's Towne Lake community.

The Georgia State Patrol spotted his vehicle, a 2011 Honda Element, behind the church during a helicopter patrol of the area. The church was closed for construction and renovation. As authorities approached the vehicle, the victim was found dead inside.

So far, there is no indication as to what caused the death. According to Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, there was no blunt force trauma found. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is in the process of performing an autopsy. Toxicology reports, however, could take several weeks.

Check back with Examiner as more details unfold.