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October 14, 2002

Lee County-- Family members say Charles Unruh was murdered Saturday night, but Lee County investigators are not ready to call the case a homicide. Unruh's body was found on the side of Kinchafoonee Creek Road in Lee County just after midnight Saturday night. People who found the body told police they thought Unruh had been hit by a car. Family members say they've been told Unruh was badly beaten, and possibly stabbed in the liver.

Lee County Investigators are still waiting for the autopsy. Chief Investigator Geoff Smith says, "Basically right now we don't want too call the ball too quick its still a death investigation. We are waiting on some forensics test too be done we are expecting those back in the next few hours."

Shortly after midnight Saturday, a Kinchafoonee Creek Road resident called 911 to report what sounded like fighting outside her home. Moments later, dispatchers received a second phone call from a couple who spotted a body lying on the side of the road.

Family members say Unruh and a friend left a party just two blocks from where his body was found. Unruh had apparently gotten out of the car to walk the rest of the way home. Charles Unruh was an Albany native, and had just moved back to this part of the state a few weeks ago.

Posted at 3:55 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com