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Skeletal remains identified as those of Porterdale man

COVINGTON -- The skeletal remains of a body found off Riverfront Road in Porterdale have been identified as Porterdale resident Harold E. Womack.

According to Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis, foul play is not suspected in the death of the 40-year-old man.

"He did have some lifestyle habits that may have contributed, but we don't know to what extent they may have played a factor in his death," Davis said.

The coroner added that an exact cause of death has not been determined.

Womack's skeletal remains were found Saturday, Aug. 13, by two fishermen in a wooded area near the Yellow River. That area was a known fishing spot, according to authorities. However, the remains were in an area that was not easily accessible.

Davis said Womack's family members reported that they last saw him sometime in July; however, they were not accustomed to seeing him every day. Davis said family members thought Womack possibly had gone out of town. Womack was not married at the time of his disappearance.

In other news, the employees at the Soap Opera laundromat on Washington Street told the Covington Police Department that two suspects stole money from the business shortly after 8:30 a.m. Monday.

According to a police report, a man and woman came into the laundromat and were doing laundry. The man went into the restroom and then notified an employee that there was a problem in the restroom. The employee went into the restroom to check, found nothing wrong, and returned to see the female suspect behind the store counter removing cash from the cash box.

The two suspects ran out of the store and left in a blue and black car headed in the direction of Porterdale.

The employee told police that the female suspect has done this at least three times before. According to the police report, she and her mother both use the laundromat and police will be notified if they enter the business again.

The two suspects left their clothing at the laundromat.