Police Await Forensic Results On Body, As Mother Worries Victim Could Be Missing Son

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By Catalina Trivino

Tallassee police are trying to identify a man's body that was found in some woods. A mother is afraid the body might be that of her missing son, who hasn't been seen in a week.
    
The body has also been decomposing for about a week -- the same length of time as the woman's son has been missing. She's been sitting on her porch, still hoping he will show up. But the discovery of this body has left her with a lot of questions -- that likely won't be answered until an autopsy is complete.

Gennelle Simmons has been waiting for seven days for her 43 year old son, Charlie Simmons, to visit her while wondering about the body found.

"I don't know for sure it's my son, but by the clothes they say he had on, it points to my son," Said Simmons.

Police found the body Tuesday night in the Wall Street community in Tallassee. It was in Faye Hooks' unfenced backyard...

"We kept smelling it so on up until them days I got up and look up there and that's when I saw something brown-looking under that tree," Said Faye Hooks.

She sent her nephew, Douglas Hooks, to find out what the smell was. And what he found was beyond shocking...
 
"But it looked like something had ate the face up, so I run to get my friend and we came back but right here is where we found the human body... laying in the bushes," Said Douglas Hooks.

Police are still awaiting the results of the autopsy. That autopsy will determine whether foul play was involved and identify the victim.

"It's scary. Keeps you from sleeping a couple of days," Said Douglas Hooks.

Hooks is the one who told Simmons the clothes on the body and her son's clothes matched.

"Even though the clothes may match and everything, it's still hard to wait for the final answer," Said Simmons.

And although police say this is a close-knit community, most of the houses are divided by woods, which could mean less witnesses...

"Easy visibility from one house to the next is not one thing that we have in this case," Said Police Chief, Jimmy Rodgers.

"If it is him... I would have lost two sons... two," Said Rodgers.

Simmons lost another son 24 years ago. Police are now interviewing people in the community. They're also asking for anyone with information to please come forward.

Police say the rain and warm weather make it even tougher to identify the decomposing body, and determine the cause of death. If you have a tip to help them, call the Tallassee Police Department at 283-6588.

   Police say the rain and warm weather make it even tougher to identify the decomosing body, and determine the cause of death.
    If you have a tip to help them, call the Tallassee Police Department at 283-6588.



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