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By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) – Authorities in Lowndes County are investigating yet another murder.

They're trying to figure out if a body found late yesterday is that of an elderly Valdosta man who's been missing for two weeks.

It's the 12th homicide in Valdosta and Lowndes County this year.

A motorist dialed 911 around 4:15 Monday afternoon after she noticed a body along the wood line off Clyattville-Nankin Road. The condition of the body led investigators to suspect foul play.

"The body was located right in the edge of the woodline and it appeared that the body may have been taken to that location," said Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine.

They won't say how the man was killed until the autopsy results are returned from the GBI crime lab.

The motorist was traveling towards Brooks County, crossed over the bridge, and noticed a body alongside these woods behind me. She contacted authorities, who were out for several hours last night processing the crime scene.

Could the body of the man found here along this wood line be that of the 93-year old elderly man that was reported missing in Valdosta two weeks ago?

"There's a possibility but we don't know that," said Sheriff Prine. "We still don't have the identification of the man. That's why the man's body was sent to the crime lab for identification."

Investigators aren't ruling anything out.

"Once we got to the scene and we knew that it was an adult male, we notified the Valdosta Police Department simply because we knew that they were missing a person and that this may be a person of interest," said Prine.

The sheriff says they should have the identity of the victim very soon.

93-year old J.B. Donaldson was last seen by neighbors at his home on December 8th.

His family reported him missing two days later.


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