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Body found in creek identified as missing man who ran from police

James Fuller (Source: Family) James Fuller (Source: Family)
Crews found Fuller's body a little after 10 a.m. Sunday during a search of the creek, almost one month since he ran away. (Source: WALB) Crews found Fuller's body a little after 10 a.m. Sunday during a search of the creek, almost one month since he ran away. (Source: WALB)
Searchers look for Fuller in chopper  (Source: WALB) Searchers look for Fuller in chopper (Source: WALB)
Americus Police Major Richard McCorkle (Source:WALB) Americus Police Major Richard McCorkle (Source:WALB)
Searchers look for Fuller in February (Source: WALB) Searchers look for Fuller in February (Source: WALB)
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Police confirmed the name of a body found in Americus on Sunday.

According to a report, the body of 26-year-old James Darren Fuller was found in the Muckalee Creek, just south of the Spring Street bridge.

Fuller had been reported missing since Feb. 4, when authorities said he ran away from a traffic stop and had not been seen since.

Police said Fuller took off running into the woods during the traffic stop for an expired tag.

Police did not pursue him.

They found his body a little after 10 a.m. Sunday during a search of the creek, almost one month since he ran away.

Overall, the police coordinated 7 searches for Mr. Fuller in the 24 days that he was missing.  Divers and dogs from the canine team found Fuller's body in some brush in the creek. 

Officers believed he was there and were dedicated to giving the family closure. 

"There was no doubt in our minds that he was in the creek from the initial. And we feel like we have a responsibility to always try to recover the body and get it back to the family for a proper burial," said Major Richard McCorkle with the Americus Police Department. 

Major McCorkle says the waters were about five or six feet above flood level when he originally went missing. 

He thanked the many volunteers and searchers who dedicated time to this search. 

Fuller's body was sent to the Georgia Crime Lab for an autopsy.

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