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Brooks County body identified

QUITMAN, GA (WALB) - The GBI has issued a news release identifying the body found Tuesday in Brooks County.

Officials said the body was that of Curtis Lee Baynard, 29, of Quitman. He was reported missing two weeks earlier.

The body was found Tuesday morning at 903 West Hill St. It was discovered after neighbors reported a foul odor in the area and called Quitman Police.

An autopsy was scheduled and officials identified the body through dental records. The death was ruled a suicide.

 SAC Steven Turner sent this information-

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Thomasville identified the body found on West Hill Street in Quitman on Tuesday as Curtis Lee Baynard, 29, of 905 West Hill Street, Quitman, GA. Baynard had been reported missing two weeks ago, and a neighbor complained about a smell in the area and Quitman Police Department found the body hanging from a tree in small patch of woods behind 903 West Hill Street on Tuesday morning. 

Turner said it's unclear how long the body had been there before it was found, but based on the level of decomposition, the body had likely been there for weeks. He added that it is unusual for a body to go unnoticed for that long.

"Bodies usually get discovered in a quicker time frame, but we have responded to some where a body's severely decomposed and you can't tell who they are," said Turner

An autopsy was performed on Wednesday in Macon and the body was identified utilizing dental records. The death has been ruled a suicide.

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