GBI: Autopsy Doesn't Reveal Cause of Death of Man Found Dead Under Thomasville Overpass

Update by Lanetra Bennett
October 6, 2014

Thomasville, GA - The preliminary autopsy results are back for the the man found dead under a bridge in Thomasville last week.

However, authorities say the findings still don't answer how the father of three died.

Family members have been wondering since last Thursday if 35-year-old Travius Baker was shot, stabbed or strangled to death.

The autopsy results are now in, but, investigators say they still don't know how what happened.

Baker's family members say they were told it could be natural causes. His mother, Elizabeth Baker, says she's coming to grips with it all. She says, "If he died of natural causes, then that's what God intended it to be."

Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations say the autopsy did not reveal a cause of death.

Baker was found dead underneath the overpass last Thursday at around 7:00 in the morning.

Investigators say there were no visible signs of foul play.

Baker's mother says, "People die of natural causes every day. You got athletes, healthy athletes, healthy people dropping dead of heart attacks, heart failure every day."

There are some people who aren't convinced just yet on no foul play being involved in Baker's death. They question how he ended up over the railroad tracks and dead near the end of the overpass.

Relatives say they believe a hole in the front of Baker's Chevy Impala is from a bullet. The car was found parked in front of his friends' apartment yards away from the bridge. Investigators cannot confirm at this time if that is a bullet hole.

Baker's mother says, "Natural causes; if it's anything other than that, then we just pray and ask God to reveal whatever it is."

The GBI says more tests will be done on Baker's body, but, says the toxicology results could take months. The death is being investigated as a homicide until further tests suggests otherwise.

Baker's funeral is Saturday, October 11th, at noon at the House of Joy on Tallahassee Highway in Thomasville. A candle light vigil will be held Wednesday, October 8th, at 7:30 at the Madison Street Bridge.


By: Lanetra Bennett
October 2, 2014

Thomasville, GA - A Thomasville man is dead and authorities are trying to figure out why. They're also trying to find out how his body ended up under a bridge.

Elizabeth Baker was allowed to go past the crime scene tape to get closer to where her son was.

A crowd of family members soon followed. They walked back from where Travius Baker's body laid under the overpass--in tears.

Ms. Baker quietly said, "What can you say? Anything you say not going to bring him back. What can you say?

Investigators say a sanitation worker found Baker's body under the Madison Street Bridge near Merrill Street around 7:00 Thursday morning.

"Sadly to say it really was Tray. We're really going to miss him." Said, Pastor Spencer Wilson, a family friend.

When asked how Baker died--if he was shot, stabbed, or otherwise, Agent Steve Turner with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations said there were no obvious wounds to determine the death.

Family members say Baker was at a friend's house the night before. His black Chevy Impala was still parked there Thursday, which is only yards away from where Baker's body was found. Investigators processed the car for evidence.

Pastor Wilson says, "He was just happy and he was just a good spiritual individual. He was always smiling. Didn't make much noise. This community is really going to miss him."

Loved ones tried to comfort each other over the hours as they longed for answers near the overpass.

Baker's mother says, "The grace of God is sufficient for us. God's going to give us strength. He's going to give us the peace that we need to get through this."

Baker leaves behind a wife and two young daughters.

An autopsy is being done. Agent Turner says it's expected to be complete by Friday. He says it may or may not have all the answers by that time.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
October 2, 2014

THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- Thomasville police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are searching for clues after a body was found this morning.

The body was found under the Madison Street overpass at Madison Alley SE and W. Merrill St in Thomasville.

Family members tell WCTV that the body is that of 34-year-old Travius "Tray" Baker and they are still trying to figure out what happened.

Authorities have not released any information yet. It's not known at this time whether or not foul play is suspected.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.



 
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