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Body found in McIntosh County
McIntosh County sheriff deputies are trying to determine the identity of a half-buried body found Wednesday north of Darien.

Maj. Danny Lowe said deputies found the body at 8 a.m. in a shallow grave in the woods off Sams Memorial Lane, which is off Smith Road in McIntosh County.

The body, which was partially decomposed, was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Savannah for identification.

Lowe said police have not yet determined cause of death or whether foul play was involved. Investigators were following up leads Wednesday.

"We're thinking it is (a homicide), but we haven't confirmed anything yet. We're waiting to hear what the crime lab says," Lowe said.

Deputies were searching for 56-year-old Joseph Leon Speight of Crescent, missing since Friday, when they discovered the body.

Deputies have been looking for Speight since he was reported missing Saturday.

"We've had conflicting stories. Some (people) say they had seen (Speight) Thursday. Some say they had seen him Friday. No one that we know of has seen him since Friday," Lowe said.

Speight is a 5-foot, 7-inch black male with short black hair who weighs approximately 170 pounds, according to police. He was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt, blue jean shorts, a black hat and white shoes.

Help police

Anyone with information about the body found Wednesday or the whereabouts of Joseph Leon Speight is asked to call McIntosh County Sheriff's Office Capt. Robert J. Kicklighter or Sgt. Dorothy Jenkins at 437-5870 or 437-3912.

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