Person Checking a Trail Camera Finds Dead Body

Trail Camera tied to a tree

A person who was checking their trail cameras set up to capture wildlife found a dead body instead and immediately called the police.

According to the Lavonia Police Department in Georgia, on Monday afternoon a citizen checking their wildlife cameras in a wooded area discovered the cadaver and called 911.

“At this time the deceased person has not been identified, nor has a cause or manner of death been determined. The deceased individual was turned over to Franklin County Coroner Scott O’Barr for transport to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy,” writes Lavonia Police Department on Facebook.

Local news reports say that the body could belong to 36-year-old Douglas “Cordell” Barnes from White County who disappeared on July 19. There are reports that Cordell’s belongings have been found as well.

Franklin County Coroner Scott O’Barr says that local law enforcement requested his assistance and he knew there had been a missing person’s case in the area.

“We’re in between, so we worked the case as it was potentially this person,” O’Barr tells Now Habersham.

The discovery would have been a grim one for the wildlife photography enthusiast as O’Barr says the body was severely decomposed.

“At this point, we don’t know the exact cause or manner of death, and we have not confirmed the identification at this time. We are waiting on positive identification from dental records from the GBI’s Medical Examiner’s office,” he tells Now Habersham.

Trail Cameras

With the proliferation of trail cameras in recent years, it was perhaps only a matter of time before a grim discovery such as this one was made.

Trail cameras have been set up in rural areas across the country in the hope of capturing some of the diverse wildlife that populate sparsely populated areas.

The proliferation of the remote cameras has led to increasingly amazing captures, such as the Voyageurs Wolf Project which recently captured a wolf almost catching a beaver — behavior that is hardly ever witnessed.

“Although we have had many cameras on beaver dams, we have never captured anything remotely like this before. So you can imagine our excitement when we saw this,” says the Voyageurs Wolf Project.

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