Chattooga County Sheriff’s investigator Larry Kellett told AM 1180 earlier this week that the body found in the the Chattooga River last week was being considered a homicide.  Meanwhile officials in Floyd County are watching the case to see if the man was a missing Floyd County man. 

Authorities are still waiting for an official identification to come back from the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta.  As of Thursday afternoon there was still no official word. 

“We’re in touch with them and that’s all I can say at this time,” Floyd County Police Maj. Tommy Shiflett said when asked by the Rome Tribune about the body found in Chattooga County.

Chattooga County Coroner Earl Rainwater said that there is no timeline as to when the body would be identified and that the process could take some time.

According to the Rome News Tribune: the brother of a man missing since January said authorities have been in touch — but without a positive ID he still doesn’t know if his brother has been found.

Kevin Spivey described his missing brother, Paty Spivey, a 5-foot-6 black male weighing between 130 and 140 pounds. He was last seen around 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 18 in front of his brother’s house on Fairhaven Drive when he went out to smoke a cigarette.

He was wearing a red sweat jacket with a black panther on the side, black jeans and gray tennis shoes.

Kevin Spivey said his brother suffers from schizophrenia, and it appears he has not taken his medication since his disappearance.

As to whether or not it is Spivey, everyone is waiting on the crime lab.

AM 1180 / Rome News – Tribune