Paty Spivey was last seen Jan. 18.

Paty Spivey was last seen Jan. 18.

The brother of a Rome man who was found dead on March 12 in Lyerly said he and his family plan to offer a reward to find a killer, although details have not been worked out yet.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed that a body found in a Chattooga County River was that of Paty Allen Spivey, said Chattooga County Coroner Earle Rainwater.

Investigators at the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office earlier confirmed they are treating the death as a homicide, and the Floyd County Police Department is keeping an eye on the case, said FCPD Capt. Mark Wallace.

“We are staying intimate with the details and maintaining contact with Chattooga,” Wallace said.

If evidence shows foul play occurred in Floyd County they’ll take the lead in the investigation of that crime, Wallace said, but for right now it’s a jurisdictional call.

“Also, if Chattooga requests assistance following leads, we’ll give them that assistance,” Wallace said.

Kevin Spivey said Friday that he and his family are planning a memorial service Tuesday at Prince of Peace Church of God in Christ on Wadsworth Street at 6 p.m.

Kevin Spivey also said he and his family will be posting a reward soon for anyone who has any information that will lead to the arrest of the assailant or assailants. “As law-abiding citizens, we do not deserve a murderer walking around Floyd County,” Kevin Spivey said. “I’m hoping as a whole, we all do the right thing.”

On the evening of March 12, a Lyerly resident found Paty Spivey’s decomposed body in the river. Because of the level of decomposition, police were unable to immediately positively identify the body.

Paty Spivey was last seen around 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 18 in front of his brother’s house on Fairhaven Drive in Rome when he went outside to smoke a cigarette.

“He was trying to start his life over,” Kevin Spivey said. “He was a good person. He loved his family. I believe he’d want to be remembered as a person who loved his friends and family.”

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