By: Associated Press
February 15, 2018
GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) - The body of a missing man was found in an abandoned motel after someone breaking into the property stumbled upon it.
Timothy Johnson's body was found Sunday when the thief came across it at a former Howard Johnson motel.
The Spalding County Sheriff's Office says Johnson was last seen Dec. 6. Griffin Police recovered his car the next day.
Capt. Dwayne Jones says investigators had searched the motel property three times and cadaver dogs searched the area twice, but they had found nothing.
The sheriff's office says the thief found the body near a wall cutout that exposed copper pipes and plumbing. He reportedly called 911 and then fled the scene.
The body was taken to the state crime lab for an autopsy and positive identification.