Body found by senior center identified

The identity of the man who was found dead Jan. 3 in the woods by the Beavers Drive Senior Center in Cartersville has been released.

According to Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton, the man was 53-year-old Anthony Garcia, of Rome.

Guyton said the cause of death is pending toxicology results at the G.B.I. Crime Lab.

Garcia’s body was found in the afternoon on Jan. 3 by children playing in the woods.

Officials found a car in the Hamilton Crossing parking lot by the baseball fields that was registered to the man. The duration of time the car was in the parking lot, and the condition of the body, led officials to believe the man had died about two weeks before he was found.

There had been no missing persons reports filed for Garcia, but an initial investigation at the time the body was found showed no signs of foul play.

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