The lifeless body of a Georgia man who was reported missing in December was found inside the walls of a motel in Spalding County, the county sheriff's office said.
Police say a thief entered an abandoned Howard Johnson property at 1690 North Expressway on Feb. 11 when he discovered a body inside the wall.
He left and called 911 a few hours later. Police Lt. Joe Hudson of the Griffin Police Department went to the scene to investigate, where he smelled a "foul odor" coming from one of the rooms. He forced his way inside and discovered the body near a wall cut-out that exposed wiring and plumbing, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Other investigators arrived at the scene shortly after the discovery and identified the man as Timothy Johnson, the missing man from December.
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Firefighters and investigators retrieved the body and sent it to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy, though they say they don't think foul play was involved.
Johnson was last seen on Dec. 6, 2017 and reported missing on Dec. 11. Police had discovered his truck abandoned at a nearby church next to the motel.
The sheriff's office said investigators had already searched the building before, including with cadaver dogs, but hadn't found anything.
It's not clear what happened to the man, but Sheriff Darrell Dix told WXIA it appears Johnson may have been attempting to steal copper from the building when something went wrong.
It isn't clear what happened to the man who found the body.