Cordele -- Local Police and the GBI are searching for answers after the body of a Cordele man was found dead along a heavily traveled road.
Police aren't sure how Marshall Blackmon, age 42, of 307 W Oak Avenue died, and they say it's standard procedure to treat a death like this as a homicide.
Many people walk along Joe Wright Drive in Cordele. It's one of the major routes leading to the State Farmers Market, but what one man found in the brush along the roadway Wednesday morning, shocked many people in the neighborhood.
A passerby called 911 to alert them to his shocking discovery early this morning on Joe Wright Drive. "About seven o'clock this morning 911 was notified that there was a dead male over here in the weeds behind me," said Cordele Police Sgt. Carrie Lull.
Crime scene tape and police caught the attention of neighbors nearby who say nothing like this has ever happened before.
Neighbor Henry Sims said, "They said they found someone dead over in the bushes, but nothing like that never really happened over here in my neighborhood, it's kind of a peaceful area." When they learned that body was Marshall Blackmon, known to most neighbors, they were shocked.
"I know the dude," said Sims. "He use to do community work and all that. Doing work around the area and stuff like that, it did shock me."
Neighbors say Blackmon was well known for lending a helping hand, cutting neighbors lawns. While he was well known, police still don't know just how he died.
"There's no apparent cause of death, and we're going to wait until the postmortem examination is complete to make any determination," said Sgt. Lull.
The GBI took the body to the crime lab in Moultrie where an autopsy will be done tomorrow. They did say there were no suspicious marks on the body. Cordele Police turned the case over to the GBI in Americus.