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Leesburg man found dead

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga. -- Police are still working to determine how a Leesburg man, whose body was discovered in a motel near the Albany Mall Tuesday, died.

The man, identified only as a 51-year-old black male from Leesburg, was discovered in room 144 by employees at the Hampton Inn off Westover Boulevard, Albany Police spokesperson Phyllis Banks said.

His identity is being withheld by police pending notification of next-of-kin.

"(Motel personnel) looked through the shades and saw the person lying on the floor, and that's when they called police," Banks told reporters from the motel parking lot Tuesday afternoon.

What was later identified as the man's 1989 Mitsubishi Montero SUV was parked near the room and was being checked by police at the scene, who had a section of the parking lot roped off with crime-scene tape.

Banks said later Tuesday afternoon that the man's body would be transported to the crime lab in Macon for an autopsy to determine an official cause and manner of death.

The discovery is the second death of a Lee County resident in Albany in the last two weeks. Last week, the body of a white male was found lying in a grassy area near the River Walk trail by the Georgia Power Hydroelectric dam.

Police have ruled that death a suicide.