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Body found in creek: Conyers man ID'd

COVINGTON - The body of the man found floating in Snapping Shoals Creek by two fishermen late Friday afternoon has been positively identified by a Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner as 55-year-old Timothy Clements of Conyers, according to GBI spokesman John Bankhead.

"An autopsy completed this morning at the GBI crime lab determined the manner of death to be homicide." Bankhead said in a printed press release. "The cause of death is not being released at this time due to the investigative value. The body was identified by Clements' dental work. The investigation into Clements' death is being conducted by the Newton County Sheriff's Office with assistance by the GBI."

Bankhead said Clements worked as a landscaper and had been reported missing by his family about 11:30 a.m. Friday.

"He was last seen leaving for work on Thursday at 6 a.m.," Bankhead said.

Clements' vehicle, a 1991 Ford F150 truck, is still missing. The Georgia tag on the truck bears the number 955BJR and authorities are asking that anyone with any information about the truck or the case to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400 or the GBI Tip Line at 800-597-TIPS (8477).

NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said late Friday that the NCSO received word that a body had been found in the creek on Ga. Highway 212 about 4:30 p.m. He said it was "wrapped in some sort of material," but released no further information pending the autopsy and forensic examination by the GBI lab.

Snapping Shoals Creek is in the southern portion of Newton County near the Henry County line. The portion of the creek where the body was found was between Lummus Road and Ga. Highway 81.