The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified the partially decomposed body found Monday near Greenville as a missing Newnan, Ga., man, the Meriwether County Sheriff's Office said today.
The man was identified as Kenneth Michael Spice, 31, and he was reported missing by a relative to the Coweta County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, a day after his body was found in woods in the 100 block of Primrose Circle. The relative hadn't seen Spice since around June 10.
Sheriff Chuck Smith said Spice died of an apparent gunshot wound and the death is officially a homicide. The cause of death was determined by a crime scene investigation and forensic results from the GBI Crime Lab.
During the investigation, Smith said in a release that items led to the possible identity of Spice but the state of his remains required further assistance from the GBI Crime Lab. Authorities launched a homicide investigation into his death on Wednesday. Authorities said they found a white Ford F-150 pickup truck in connection with the case after investigators searched the area by air.
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The victim was described at 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing 195 pounds. He had brown eyes, brown short hair, close cut beard and wore glasses or contacts. He was last seen wearing blue work shorts, blue T-shirt with Yamaha Motors on it and tan work boots. The sheriff said the body was discovered in the same clothing.
Anyone with information on the death should call the Meriwether County Sheriff's Office at 706-672-6649, investigator Jason Duran and Sgt. Hugh Howard at 706-672-4489 or the Coweta County Sheriff's Office at 770-253-1502 for investigator Jae Robertson or Capt. John Lewis.