The body of a missing Summerville man was found at an abandon residence off Ga. 151.
Authorities do not suspect foul play.
According to Walker County sheriff’s captain Mike Freeman:
In the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 7, Walker County sheriff’s deputies discovered an abandoned 1996 green Chevy Blazer in the 8000 block on Ga. 151 that was left on private property.
The owner of the property had noticed the vehicle around 13 days prior and was planning on reporting it to the sheriff’s department as of Monday, Feb. 8, to be towed.
The deputies ran the vehicle’s tag in hopes of locating the owner, but learned that the vehicle’s owner was a man who was reported missing in the Chattooga area since Jan. 25.
The missing person was 51-year-old Stanley Willingham of Summerville.
Authorities searched the area and ultimately discovered the body of Willingham in a vacant residence across the highway from the vehicle. Freeman said the vacant residence appeared to have been broken into.
“It appeared that he was seeking shelter,” Freeman said.
Freeman said there is no suspected foul play, but the cause of death is unknown at this time and authorities are awaiting an autopsy report to determine the cause of death.
Walker County Messenger