Sheriff Ed Graybeal said his officers responded to the call around 8:30 a.m. after a woman found the body as she went to the Lone Oak Trailhead to walk her dogs.
Graybeal said the white male appeared to be in his mid-30s to early 40s, but had no other description. The body was “partially” clothed, he said.
At times throughout the morning investigators blocked all traffic from passing through, but also had one lane open at other times.
Graybeal said the body was found about 30 to 40 feet from the road on a pull-off across from the trailhead parking lot. He would not give any details about any injuries on the body, but did say there no identification was found on the man.
“We’re just starting out with the investigation. We had the coroner’s office and the Forestry Service here with us. It’s still an active crime scene,” he said.
He said he believed the body could have been there since sometime Friday night or early Saturday morning. The body was taken to the William Jenkins Forensic Center for an autopsy, but Graybeal said it could be Monday before the report is available to investigators.
More details will be released as it becomes available.
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