A passing motorist discovered a dismembered, burned body dumped on the right-of-way along Sitcher Road in Troup County and reported it to the Troup County Sheriff's Department about 7:41 a.m. Thursday.
Lt. Rick Massie said it appears someone attempted to burn the body at the site off U.S. 29 near Callaway High School, in a rural residential area. He said it apparently was dumped and burned Wednesday night or early Thursday,
Investigators were still on the site gathering evidence at 10:20 a.m.
Massie said the body is being sent to the State Crime Laboratory in Atlanta and that authorities are not disclosing details such as whether the victim was male or female, age, whether the body was clothed or other information.
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He said he is not aware of any missing person from that area being reported to the sheriff's department recently.
Anyone with information about the crime or a missing person should call investigators at the Troup County Sheriff's Department at 706-883-1746.