GBI: Cause of death un­de­ter­mined for Roy Brown

Calhoun Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Brandi Owczarz

The GBI on Fri­day re­leased the find­ings of the cause of death for Roy Ger­ald Brown, age 46, of Cartersville, who was ini­tially re­ported miss­ing in late De­cem­ber 2015. Ac­cord­ing to the GBI, the cause of death was un­de­ter­mined.

”The au­topsy re­port on Mr. Brown states that the man­ner of death is un­de­ter­mined and the cause of death is also un­de­ter­mined,” said Lt. Tony Pyle with the Cal­houn Po­lice Depart­ment.

“Our ini­tial find­ings at the crime scene led us to be­lieve that this was an ac­ci­den­tal death,” said Pyle. “The re­sults of the GBI Crime Lab re­port yielded no ev­i­dence to make us be­lieve oth­er­wise.”

Brown’s dis­ap­pear­ance, and sub­se­quent death in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which was han­dled by the CPD, took many turns dur­ing the first cou­ple of months of 2016. Dur­ing that time, both the Gor­don County Sher­iff’s Office and Fort Oglethorpe Po­lice Depart­ment had war­rants out for the ar­rest of Brown in con­nec­tion to bur­glar­ies in both Gor­don County and Fort Oglethorpe.

The CPD re­ported in early Jan­uary that Brown was last seen at his home in Cobb County on Thurs­day, Dec. 24, 2015; around 3:30 a.m. Brown had planned to be gone ap­prox­i­mately 30 min­utes but never re­turned.

“On Jan­uary 2, 2016, Brown’s ve­hi­cle was found aban­doned in the park­ing lot of the Rite Aid drug store lo­cated at 910 South Wall Street in Cal­houn. Sev­eral per­sonal items, as well as his cell phone and $500 cash were found inside the 2007 Pon­tiac Vibe be­long­ing to Brown,” said Pyle in early Jan­uary.

An­swers on Brown’s where­abouts dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ued to baf­fle in­ves­ti­ga­tors. “Dur­ing our in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we dis­cov­ered ev­i­dence plac­ing Mr. Brown in the wood­land area be­hind Rite Aid; how­ever, af­ter a com­plete search of the area us­ing the spe­cial­ized K9s, our ef­forts did not yield any re­sults per­tain­ing to the where­abouts of Mr. Brown,” said Pyle on Jan­uary 25.

Dur­ing the miss­ing per­son in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it was re­ported that deputy sher­iffs were dis­patched to a coin shop on South Wall Street in an un­in­cor­po­rated area of Cal­houn around 9 a.m. on Thurs­day, Dec. 24, the day Brown was last seen. The dis­patch was in re­sponse to a re­port of a bur­glary.

Deputies and Sher­iff’s de­tec­tives found ev­i­dence that some­one had forced en­try into the coin shop by cut­ting a hole through the rooftop and took a sub­stan­tial amount of col­lectible coins.

Ac­cord­ing to the Sher­iff’s Office, on Thurs­day, Jan. 21, based upon ev­i­dence of sim­i­lar trans­ac­tions in other North­west Ge­or­gia ju­ris­dic­tions, in­clud­ing Fort Oglethorpe, and the fact that Cal­houn Po­lice had dis­cov­ered his car in the park­ing lot of a nearby phar­macy, de­tec­tives ob­tained a war­rant charg­ing Brown with com­mit­ting the bur­glary at the coin shop.

In De­cem­ber 2015, hun­dreds of coins and an­tique pieces of jew­elry were stolen in early at an An­tique Mall in Fort Oglethorpe, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors there had iden­ti­fied Brown as a po­ten­tial sus­pect in the theft.

Cal­houn Po­lice sub­se­quently dis­cov­ered Brown’s body in early Fe­bru­ary with a num­ber of an­tique coins in close prox­im­ity. The coins were iden­ti­fied and re­turned to the right­ful owner.

Pyle ex­pects the case to be of­fi­cially closed in the near fu­ture.

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