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Deceased man identified; Police find missing car

Anthony Westbrook

Anthony Westbrook

ALBANY, Ga. — The nude man found dead in the woods off the 1800 block of Westtown Road Wednesday is 52-year-old Anthony Westbrook of Albany, said an Albany Police Department official.

“The cause of death is a gunshot to the head,” said Phyllis Banks police spokeswoman.

Banks said that officers found Westbrook’s gold 2007 KIA Rondo at about 5 p.m. Friday at 1409 Palmyra Road, four miles from where the body was found. It may have been stolen as part of the crime.

Westbrook was found face down on a mattress. His body was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab in Macon for an autopsy. The location of the killing, the type of gun used and the number of shots fired remain part of the investigation and wee not disclosed.

Anyone with additional information should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or investigations at (229) 431-3288. The Spanish speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.

Crime Stoppers is an anonymous tipline. People with information could become eligible for cash rewards.

UPDATE 6 p.m.: APD officials say they have found Anthony Westbrook's car on the 1400 block of Palmyra Road.

Friday:

The Albany Police Department’s Criminal Investigative Bureau would like to solicit the public’s assistance with locating a vehicle belonging to homicide victim 52-year-old Anthony Westbrook.

Westbrook was found deceased in a wooded area located in the 1800 block of Westtown Drive on April 4, 2012.

He was shot in the back of the head. Police believe Westbrook's car may have been stolen after the homicide.

Westbrook’s vehicle is a gold 2007 KIA Rondo bearing the tag DV705 I

Anyone with information about this incident or the location of Westbrook’s vehicle is encouraged to contact the Albany Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau at (229) 431-3288. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers” by dialing (229) 436-TIPS.

Previous report:

The 5-foot-7-inch, 300-pound body found nude in the woods off an Albany dirt road that turns off from Westtown Road has been identified, stated an Albany Police Department official.

“We are not releasing the name until we have notified the family,” said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman.

The body was found before 12:41 p.m. Wednesday by a man searching the area for scrap metal.

The body lay face down with an injury to the back of the head.

The body was on a dirty mattress when police arrived.

The body was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab to be identified, autopsied and examined for possible sexual assault. No details of the examinations were released.

The area, according to Cain Williams, a business manager in the area, is a popular place for a dumping site for trash, mattresses and “You wouldn’t believe the things you see back there.”

Investigators did not have answers to questions about where the man died, if he was dumped at the site or how he died.

Comments

firefly 2 years, 8 months ago

So the original story it was a man that was found, but now it's a woman... OH BOY!

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VSU 2 years, 8 months ago

Other way around...first they thought it was a woman as the body was laying face down. Then as they turned the body over to move it, they discovered it was a man.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 8 months ago

that body must have been really messed up

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 8 months ago

Statistical Facts: 1. 90% of homicides of Blacks are committed by Blacks. 2. 65% of violent crimes against Blacks are committed by Blacks.

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erudite 2 years, 8 months ago

That is absolutely correct therefore whites kill whites. So, why do so many white people freak out and accuse blacks of attacking? The poor steal from the poor and the rich steal from the rich; violent crime seems to be inter-color--white on white, black on black, brown on brown. School/college shootings are mass killings (more than 4 at one time) and really screw up the color matching.

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ghostofkarelia 2 years, 8 months ago

  1. Blacks are 50 times more likely to attack whites than vice-versa.
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Justice4Moma 2 years, 8 months ago

Sure would like to know who said it was a women and who decided it was a man.Kinda makes you wonder dont it?

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VSU 2 years, 8 months ago

Kind of hard to see the genital area with the body laying face down don't you think? However at 300 pounds, that would have been a big woman.

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AlbanyDad 2 years, 8 months ago

Sister Ruby...redneck racist ...you never have anything negative to say when the news story is about someone white...but Wow!! You sure come out when they are African American ...everyone thinks i made it up...go look at old stories ...you will see for yourself

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tywebb 2 years, 8 months ago

she MAY be, but you calling her a "redneck racist" is not speaking very highly of yourself!

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 8 months ago

This is on Sister Ruby's profile: "Gender: F Hometown: Albany, GA Location: South Side Occupation: Major Prophetess" I'm assuming she is black based on this profile info... I didnt think you could be racist if you are black.

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VSU 2 years, 8 months ago

Only in Albany...Remember Mattie Goddard filed a racial discrimination suit against Al Lott.

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DueRespect 2 years, 8 months ago

Did I miss something ? Where does it say that the person is black ?

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TheBoss 2 years, 8 months ago

Third story in the Hearld that doesn't mention the race of the person involved. Guess the Albany Hearld dosen't want to offend its readers. AlbanyDad, did you see the body to know the person was black?

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VSU 2 years, 8 months ago

Initial story yesterday said the body was an unidentified black female, later changed to unidentified black male. So AlbanyDad probably saw the story yesterday or heard about it on the news.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 8 months ago

Stating indisputable facts makes somebody a racist?

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 8 months ago

You are not racist, Sister Ruby, you just tell the truth!

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erudite 2 years, 8 months ago

It is unlikely that S_R's picture reflects its true identity. We do not know who or what anyone is here.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 8 months ago

I don't think she would lie on her profile. I didn't, mine says "female from Albany, GA" and I didn't lie. I really think her name is Ruby too, she said so way back when, when I first commented and questioned it. I looked at your profile, and it says nothing about you...

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GG126 2 years, 8 months ago

Her profile picture is actually a movie character, 'Madea' aka Tyler Perry. It is obvious her entire profile is fake. Probably a white male who enjoys the life of drag as indicated in her profile picture.

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Somebody 2 years, 8 months ago

I know she made a comment in the sports section that she was not going to watch the super bowl because she felt there was not enough African American representation to suit her. That does not sound like anything a white person would say.

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GG126 2 years, 8 months ago

You all have been played by Sis/Bro Ruby!!!!

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Outtahere 2 years, 8 months ago

I think Sister Ruby is who she says she is, however, she is just a complex person and not easliy figured out.

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MRKIA 2 years, 8 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 8 months ago

You could assume where he was found and 85% of Albany is black, then most likely he is black. This is not a racial statement, just an observation. Most folks kill in Albany know each other. Very few murders have taken place in Albany that was just a random killing. I know of several rape murders on South Slappey that was never solved. Thelma who owned the Bridal Shop was never solved. There was also another one close to Rite Aide. Never caught the person.

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Somebody 2 years, 8 months ago

Why is everybody questioning the race of this man? You can look at the picture and see that he is black.

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Clif 2 years, 8 months ago

They should slack up on killing each other until after the November election. Obama & Sanford will need all the votes they can pay for to be re-elected.

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yt411 2 years, 8 months ago

thank you abdent for your compassion, which is clearly lacking here. this is my uncle everyone here is talking about and I'm just appalled that you have no sensitivity for a human being or a family. I pray you're never put in this situation...losing someone so tragically or to endure the cruelty of people. God Bless you all!

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