Alabama Senator's Grandson Shot Himself

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) _ Authorities say an Alabama teenager reported missing last week and found dead in Georgia died from a self-inficted gunshot.

Carroll County Coroner Sammy Eady said yesterday that the cause of death of 17-year-old Benjamin Stanford of Lincoln, Alabama, was "contact gunshot of the head.''

The sheriff's department says the investigation would continue.

Chief deputy Brad Robinson says that although the autopsy has been completed, there are several other things that investigators need to do. He says that members of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office will meet today with local, Alabama Bureau of Investigation Division and Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel in Stanford's hometown to make sure every question is answered.

The teenager was found by volunteers who came from Alabama to search after he disappeared November 5th. His silver Jeep Grand Cherokee was found near a Villa Rica exit on Interstate 20 that day, and the body was found about 1,000 feet away yesterday.

Stanford was the grandson of Alabama state Senator Jim Preuitt, a Democrat from Talladega.

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