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Body identified as missing Valdosta man

September 11, 2007

Jasper - A missing persons case in Valdosta is now a murder investigation.

Anthony Henry disappeared last month. A farmer found his body in Florida Thursday. Police are not releasing the cause of death but believe he was murdered.

His body was found alongside Interstate 75 near the Jasper Florida exit, nearly 30 miles from where he was reported missing last month.  "He was first reported to the Valdosta Police Department as being missing August 24th. A family member reported him missing and said they had not seen him in about two weeks," says Lt. Bobbi McGraw of the VPD.

Decomposition made it impossible for deputies to identify so they reached out to neighboring agencies.  "We were in contact with Valdosta and they did have a missing person report that fit our time frame," says Hamilton County Sheriff Harrell Reid.

"We were able to provide them with finger print cards, palm cards and an autopsy ensued," adds Lt. McGraw.

The information helped the crime lab in Florida identified the man as 36 year-old Anthony Henry, the man missing from Valdosta since August. Investigators believe he was murdered.  "He had wounds and injuries to his body and probably passed away from those injuries," McGraw says.

Since Henry worked at a chicken processing plant in Live Oak, Florida, the Valdosta Police and Hamilton County Sheriff's Office will now team up in a joint investigation to try and find those responsible for his death.  "We are trying to retrace the last time anyone saw him, who he was with, his acquaintances so that we can hopefully come up with some suspects," says Sheriff Reid.

There is a one thousand dollar reward for any information that may lead to an arrest. 

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