Athens-Clarke County Coroner Sonny Wilson said Thursday that he has been able to locate next of kin for a man who was found dead about a week ago in the North Oconee River Park in Athens.
A family member notified him after hearing about the death on Facebook of 61-year-old Harold Dean McCannon. Wilson learned that McCannon has a sister in Crawford and another sister in Warrenton.
“I explained to her we had called a lot of folks, but their names had never come up,” Wilson said.
Wilson initially had trouble locating next of kin for the deceased man.
The body was found by an Athens-Clarke County employee on Nov. 22 in the park located off Willow Street and along the North Oconee River, according to an Athens-Clarke police report.
McCannon, who was homeless, did not have any information on him regarding family and Wilson said he only found one contact name, a woman in Greenville, N.C., whom he could not locate.
A police officer responding to the scene reported finding a syringe in the deceased man’s hand. The officer also noted there appeared to be no sign of a struggle.
The body was sent for an autopsy to determine the cause of death, but Wilson said he did not suspect foul play.
This article originally appeared on Athens Banner-Herald: Coroner locates family members of homeless man found in Athens park.