By Joe Johnson
The man whose decomposing body was found in Athens this week has been identified as 61-year-old Timothy Gee of Gainesville, according to Athens-Clarke County Coroner Sonny Wilson.
There were no visible indications of trauma to the body, said Wilson, who added that the cause of death will likely be determined from the results of an autopsy that was performed at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab.
The grisly discovery was made the morning of July 19 by an officer who responded to a report of a suspicious pickup truck that was parked in the gravel driveway of a utility’s power station off Whit Davis Road near its intersection with Barnett Shoals Road, according to a police report.
The officer noted in the report that he had seen the truck there three days earlier but thought it might have been there in connection with a home across the street that was being renovated.
This time, the officer looked inside and around the unoccupied vehicle, according to the report, and evidence gathered at the scene, including the name of the registered owner of the 2003 Ford F 150 pickup preliminarily indicated that the deceased person might be Gee, which was verified through an investigation by the coroner and autopsy.
Upon further investigation, the officer located Gee’s body lying on its back and propped against a tree, to the side of the driveway.
“Due to heat and weather conditions, the deceased was in an advanced stage of decomposition,” said ACCPD’s Public Information Officer Lt. Jody Thompson.
Neither Wilson nor the police knew why Gee had been in Athens.