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Body found in house, homeowner missing

June 23, 2005

Coffee County- The house at 209 Beasly Lane in Pridgen is now the scene of a crime. Deputies and GBI agents went to the house as a part of a missing person's investigation, but when they got there they didn't find the man they were looking for. They found a body.

"Some agents from the Region 4 GBI office and the Coffee County Sheriff's office came out this morning as a result of a check on a search they were doing. A body was located inside the residence," says special agent in charge Jeff Evans.

Agents say the body appears to have been there for some time. Coffee County sheriff Rob Smith says his deputies had been to the house about three weeks ago for a welfare check on the man that lives there, 32 year old Zaran Claude Watts. Watts wasn't there, the doors were locked, and deputies had no reason to believe anything was wrong inside the house. Still Watts is missing.

When asked whether family members thought Watts could be out of town, or if it was unusual for him to leave without notifying anyone, Evans said," can't comment. Not going to comment."

Officials confirmed that family members reported Watts' disappearance two months ago. He was last seen in Coffee County.

Agents also say there were no signs of forced entry to the home, but whose body was found inside the home, and how that person died are questions they have no answers to right now.

The body will be taken to the GBI crime lab in Moultrie for an autopsy. Officials say they hope to have it identified by Friday morning.

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