GBI identifies body found at Oconee Co. Walmart


By Joe Johnson

The man whose body was discovered last week has been identified as a homeless person who was believed to have lived in the van, according to Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director of Public Affairs Nelly Miles.

However, the GBI as of Tuesday had yet to determine the cause of death for 67-year-old Ronald James Crocker, or find out where he originally was from, or what his last known address was, Miles said.

According to Miles, several days before Crocker's body was found last Thursday, investigators determined that Crocker had driven the van to the parking lot of Walmart on Epps Bridge Road in Oconee County.

Determination of the cause of Crocker’s death is pending autopsy results.

Authorities previously stated there were no obvious signs of foul play.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office explained in a Facebook post that the GBI was asked to investigate because sheriff's personnel were focusing on the March 19 murder of 23-year-old Elijah Wood, a Watkinsville resident who was fatally shot while working as the night clerk at RaceTrac on U.S. Highway 441 at Hog Mountain Road.

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