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.
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.
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.