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Miller sheriff's death remains under investigation

COLQUITT, Ga. — The circumstances surrounding the death of Miller County's sheriff remained under investigation Monday.

Steve Turner, special agent in charge for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation office in Thomasville, said Monday afternoon that the body of H.E. "Buddy" Glass was set for an autopsy to take place this week, likely by this morning, at the GBI crime lab to determine the cause of death.

Glass's wife called 911 from their home at 1497 Three Notch Road in Colquitt at around 7:45 a.m. on Saturday. The call was answered by deputies of the Miller County Sheriff's Office, and Glass was found dead near a pond at the residence, initial reports on the incident show.

Turner would not say Monday whether law enforcement officials suspected foul play was involved.

"We haven't found anything at this point to indicate foul play," he told The Albany Herald on Saturday, "but we haven't ruled it out either."

Shane Rathel, who had been serving as the chief deputy with the department, is now acting sheriff, a representative at the sheriff's office said Monday.

Glass was first elected as Miller County's sheriff in 1996, defeating William M. "Mike" Middleton by a vote of 1,430 to 1,019. He came in replacing the late C.C. "Shorty" Phillips, who retired after holding the position for 16 years.