Death in Thomasville puts residents on high alert

Death in Thomasville puts residents on high alert

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - After a man was found unresponsive on a sidewalk in Thomasville, residents have become increasingly concerned with his death.

Investigators said residents do not need to be alarmed at this time.

They said they have no reason to suspect any foul play was involved in his death.

Investigators said Thanis Bell, 47, was found unresponsive on the sidewalk near the Big Oak in Thomasville.

Thomasville Police Major Wade Glover said the location of this incident is very unusual.

Thomasville Police Department Major Wade Glover (Source: WALB)
Thomasville Police Department Major Wade Glover (Source: WALB)

“They immediately got out there to check on his status to make sure he was okay, and that’s when we discovered he was unresponsive," said Glover.

As Christopher Linton was driving home, he noticed something strange. The Big Oak, a historical landmark in Thomasville, was in the center of a crime scene.

Christopher Linton, Thomasville resident (Source: WALB)
Christopher Linton, Thomasville resident (Source: WALB)

“It literally looked like something out of a TV drama. There was this white sheet with a body underneath it, laying in a place you’d never expect," said Linton.

Glover said Bell has a long medical history and they suspect he may have died from natural causes.

“You know if you have a bad medical condition you never know when that time is going to hit, or something is going to happen. He just happened to be there at that location when it hit," said Linton.

Linton said when he saw the emergency personnel at the scene he said there was a sense of calmness surrounding them.

“The demeanor of the people that were there, and just the atmosphere around it seemed to be a gentleman that passed away peacefully. And just happened to be at the Big Oak instead of at home," said Linton.

After learning no foul play is suspected, those heightened concerns have quieted down.

Thomasville police said Bell’s body has been transported to a medical lab for an autopsy to determine his cause of death.

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