Clinch Co. remains identified as missing man

Jake Conner went missing in 2017
Jake Conner went missing in 2017(WALB Image)
Published: Oct. 9, 2019 at 10:45 AM EDT
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CLINCH CO., GA (WALB) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) announced Wednesday that the remains of a man found in dense forest nearly two years ago, have been positively identified as those of a man who went missing in 2017.

GBI Agent Park Pro told WALB that the remains belong to Jacob “Jake” Dewitt Conner, 30, of Fargo. They were confirmed through a DNA test.

Conner was reported missing at his job site on February 1, 2017. He was reported missing by co-workers from his job site, near the intersection of Score Bridge Road and Plumb Bush Road near Homerville. The area around Fargo is very rural, remote, and forested.

On New Year’s Day 2018, the GBI’s Douglas Regional Office received a request by the Clinch County Sheriff’s Office to assist with the recovery of human remains.

The GBI had offered a $10,000 reward for information that would lead to Conner’s location.

Conner's remains were found in a very dense, remote area of South Georgia.
Conner's remains were found in a very dense, remote area of South Georgia.(WALB - Google Maps)

He was last seen wearing a “Conner Timber” dark gray shirt and uniform work pants.

Pro would give no details about whether such clothing was found in the area, only that the remains were skeletal. He would not speculate on a cause of death and said that he would be meeting with Conner’s family soon.

The Clinch County Sheriff’s Office, GBI, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and local first responders all responded in the diligent search for Conner.

Anyone with information concerning Conner’s death is asked to contact the Clinch County Sheriff’s office at (912) 487-5316 or (912) 487-3250 or the GBI Douglas office at (912) 389-4103.

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