Body found in woods near Interstate 20 in Social Circle

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- Law enforcement officials are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a man found Thursday night in the woods near U.S. Highway 278 and Interstate 20 in Social Circle.

According to a press release from Tom Fox, Social Circle's director of public safety, a motorist called 911 around 11:44 p.m. to report a brush fire.

"When firefighters arrived to extinguish the fire, they discovered a body in the nearby woods," Fox stated in the press release.

The person is believed to be a black male, possibly in his early 30s, he stated.

"At this time, the person has not been identified," Fox said.

The cause of death is also not known. Fox said the ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Social Circle Department of Public Safety, the Walton County District Attorney's Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the State Fire Marshall Office.

An autopsy will be conducted at the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur, according to a press release from John Bankhead, spokesman for the GBI.

Fox said more information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with any information about this case or who has noticed anything suspicious in this area is urged to call the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-8477 or the SCDPS Tip Line at 770-464-6936.