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Man's body found in Athens park

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

Emergency responders gather where body was found in Southeast Clarke Park (Mandy King for Classic City News)

By Joe Johnson

Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Thursday morning in an Athens-Clarke County Park.

The man was identified as 34-year-old Jamey Thomas Vitkus, originally from Oakwood, but homeless when he died.

His body was found at about 7:30 a.m. outside of a restroom by a county employee in Southeast Clarke Park off Lexington and Whit Davis roads,

An autopsy will be conducted at the Georgi Bureau of Investigation's State Crime Lab.

Police said there were no evidence that Vitkus died as the result of foul play, and that there were indications that the man possibly overdosed on drugs.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sergeant Sciott Black at 762-400-7058 or

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Tracy Tittle
Tracy Tittle
Aug 12, 2023

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There was also this week a drug related death at Satterfield Park, just a hypodermic shot away from south Clarke Park. Could be an epidemic.


Athens-Clarke police are investigating the death of a Hall County man found dead Thursday morning inside Southeast Clarke Park off Whit Davis Road.

Athens-Clarke County Coroner Sonny Wilson said Friday that an investigation is underway to determine the cause of death of 34-year-old Jamey Thomas Vitkus.

Vitkus was homeless in Athens, but is originally from Oakwood.

Police reported that a purple crystal-like substances was recovered at the scene, which indicates a possible drug overdose and possibly the use of fentanyl.

A park employee reported finding the body at about 7:25 a.m. in front of the men’s restroom, according to the report.

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