A cleanup crew discovered a body wrapped in a blanket and left inside the bathroom of a Lake Lanier park that had been closed to the public for years in south Hall County.
Now investigators are trying to determine the identity of the remains and the cause of death.
“Upon arrival, deputies learned that a crew that had been contracted to clean up the area had discovered what appeared to be human remains wrapped in a blanket inside one of the bathrooms,” the sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks said.
Investigators verified that the remains were in fact that of a human, but due the advanced state of decomposition they were not able to determine anything regarding gender, age, or identity, Sgt. Wilbanks said.
“It appeared that the remains had been in place for an extended period of time,” he said.
The body has been transported to the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.
Chestnut Ridge Park is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property that was closed to the public several years ago, Sgt. Wilbanks said.
It is currently under long-term lease by Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority, but has remained closed.
This case remains under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.
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