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Body found north of downtown Athens

By Joe Johnson

Authorities are trying to identify the body of a man whose body was found Sunday just north of downtown.

The discovery was made near some old railroad tracks adjacent to Thomas N Lay Park off of Hoyt Street.

The body appeared to be that of a middle-aged Black male who may have been homeless, said Athens-Clarke County Coroner Sonny Wilson,

There were no obvious indications of physical trauma, and the body will undergo an autopsy to determine an identity and cause of death.

A member of the Classic City Pétanque Club, which uses a court in Lay Park, said club members observed police activity in an area by the railroad tracks that had been cordoned off with yellow tape.

He said that club members had previously observed a homeless camp in the area.


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Thanks for the data.

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Izzy Mendalbaum
Izzy Mendalbaum
Dec 04, 2023

It cost me $5 to rid myself of a pushy panhandler downtown today. I guess that's the cost of admission to my beloved birthplace these days. Some cities are handling their homeless problem. Or maybe they are just handling the visibility of their homeless problem. Athens needs to learn from them (hello Greenville!) and put some better plans into place.

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Portland Oregon, that great center of Progressive thought, has rid their downtown area of the druggies by creating an "away from downtown" area where drugs, drug paraphernalia, and drug dealers are free to roam and exist. The downtown businesses in Portland are very happy with this and druggies have not missed a fix. Win-Win.

All Clarke county needs to do is agree on where to exercise their right of eminent domain, perhaps along the Firefly trail so the druggies can still get into town.

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There was a man found dead in the bathroom at the McDonalds on Gaines School Rd. Saturday from a drug overdose also.

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I agree. The hold it takes on some can never be released. Very few I've ever known was able to get free of it.

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ThatGirl
ThatGirl
Dec 04, 2023

What's going on with all the homeless death in Athens lately? Is this always a problem but never reported on?

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Unfortunately we cannot share links here, but a simple google search will answer that question. If you’ve had your head in the sand the last 25 years, then you probably missed all of the documentaries, court cases, news articles and general public knowledge of how prescription opioids have caused this nightmare. Read about Sackler. Start there. Maybe you’ll find the last shred of humanity in your soul and stop calling your fellow humans derogatory names and actually help the.

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