Hawes Street

Deputies tape off the area surrounding an abandoned building on Hawes Street NW Saturday morning after a body was found inside.

The body of a deceased man was found inside an abandoned building on Hawes Street NW Saturday morning.

Paul Johnson, McDuffie County deputy coroner, said the body is believed to be that of a 55-year-old black male. However, he is not releasing the name until after the crime lab confirms the man’s identity.

“He is going to the crime lab for an autopsy and positive identification. We don’t really expect any foul play at this time,” said Johnson. “We kind of suspect natural causes.”

Johnson said the man was found in the upstairs part of the abandoned building and it appears he had been deceased for possibly three to four days. The deputy coroner said the man is homeless and someone possibly may have been living in the abandoned building.

“There were a couple of spots where it looks like people have been living in here,” Johnson said.

The last time the man was seen alive was earlier this month.

“He just got released from jail March 3, so that’s the last time we actually know he was alive,”  Johnson said.

The McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office, Thomson Police Department, and Thomson-McDuffie Fire and EMS all responded to the location when the body was first discovered.

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