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Man’s body found in north Athens

Updated: Sep 2, 2022

By Joe Johnson

Athens -Clarke County police reportedly are investigating the death of an unhoused man whose body was found along train tracks this week in north Athens .

Police said they were notified at 10:13 a.m. Thursday that a body had been located along the CSX railway tracks behind the Pilgrim’s Pride poultry processing plant’s feed mill on Tallassee Road.

According to police reports workers at the feed mill noticed the body and notified police. Personal identification indicated the victim was Marshall Everson, a 42-year-old unhoused person who drifted from camp to camp, police said.

Feed mill workers saw the man on the previous Saturday walking westbound along the tracks by feed mill workers., police said, and when the body was found evidence indicated that he had been walking eastbound.

Athens-Clarke County Coroner Sonny Wilson there were no immediate indications of what might have caused the death.

However, Wilson determined that the man had not been struck by a train.

The coroner Wilson sent the body to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Lab for an autopsy and toxicology tests.

Wilson said he located Emerson’s family in Jackson County and notified them of the death.

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