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Telfair Co. officials: body found could have been left for days

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JACKSONVILLE, GA (WALB) -

The results of an autopsy of a woman found in the Ocmulgee River are pending. The Telfair County Sheriff's Office says they expect the results to come back soon.

They hope the results will give them some clues to her identity and how she ended up in the river. Right now they have no suspects and few leads.

The Ocmulgee River under the Jacksonville Bridge is where people normally come to fish, but now it's a crime scene. A fisherman and his son caught a glimpse of something unusual in the water.

"Upon checking it out they realize that it was a body. So they left the scene and reported it to the authorities," said Telfair County Sheriff, Chris Steverson.

The body of a woman was found face down in the Ocmulgee River in Jacksonville around 11 a.m. Thursday. Sheriff Steverson says her body may have only been in the water for a few days.

"I would guess the body went in the water maybe Monday or Tuesday. With the weather conditions like we've had, lot of cool rainy days sometimes it's difficult to pinpoint it," said Sheriff Chris Steverson.

Investigators are putting in long hours to find clues as to what happened. Right now they're calling the investigation a homicide.

"We're treating it as such until we get information to send us the other direction," said Sheriff Chris Steverson.

Steverson says they don't know the woman's name or where she came from. They're also looking in surrounding counties to see if anyone matches the description of the deceased woman.

"But there was an obvious defect on her body that we thought may be a clue as to establishing who she was so if someone is watching if they're missing a person that would fit that description maybe around 64-65 years old with a surgical scar down her sternum maybe they would contact us," said Sheriff Chris Steverson.

For now, the crime tape will stay up and that part of the river will be closed for fishing, until investigators finish gathering evidence.

The woman is described as a white woman with medium length darker hair with grey roots. She has a scar on her chest that someone might have after open heart surgery. She was wearing black capri pants and a khaki shirt with rhinestones on it and the names of wines written on it.

If you have any information about her identity or any information that could help deputies in this murder investigation, call the Sheriff's Office at 229-868-6621 or the Eastman GBI at 478-374-6988.

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