Unidentified body found in Lowndes County

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County authorities are trying to determine the identification of a man whose body was recovered over the weekend along a county road south of Columbus.

Coroner Greg Merchant tells The Commercial Dispatch the badly decomposed body was pulled from a boat dock Saturday afternoon. Merchant says the body was caught in an area between the dock and stairs.

He estimated the middle-aged man has been dead for 2 1/2 weeks.

He said a cause of death is unknown pending further investigation.