Body found in Macon most likely that of missing 78-year-old James Dumas, coroner says

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Human remains discovered in woods along Sheridan Avenue in Macon most likely belong to an elderly man who went missing in December, according to Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

Jones said authorities “are 99%” sure that the body is that of James Dumas, 78, who went missing after he was dropped off at his home in the 1900 block of Sheridan Avenue on Dec. 9. Jones noted that family members identified the clothes Dumas was wearing, and that keys discovered on the scene unlock Dumas’ house.

His body was discovered in a wooded area about 500 yards away from the house at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jones said, by a WMAZ employee working on a story about Dumas’ disappearance. Jones, Bibb County Sheriff’s deputies and Dumas’ family members had searched the area for Dumas in the past, Jones said, adding Georgia State Patrol and the Department of Corrections also looked for the body using a helicopter and canine team.

A release from the county’s sheriff’s office back in December noted that Dumas was had “medical issues that require treatment and medication.”

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