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Body may be missing Pierce County man

By LOUIE BROGDON The Brunswick News

Brantley County officials say a body found Thursday buried in a wooded area in Hortense might be a man who has been missing for nearly three years.

Brantley Sheriff Robert Thomas said in a statement Friday the state medical examiner had not yet positively identified the body, but it is believed to be George "Jack" Dempsey, who went missing Nov. 23, 2009, in Pierce County.

Brantley and Pierce county deputies, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents and federal officials found the body buried in a wooded area off Ga. 32 on private property east of Fendig Road in Hortense after receiving information from U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

DEA agents contacted the Brantley County Sheriff's Office Thursday after they learned of the body's location during a drug trafficking conspiracy and insurance fraud investigation, according to Thomas. Brantley authorities declined to comment further about the relationship between the federal investigation and Dempsey, or how DEA agents learned of the body's location.

A cause of death was not available Friday. An autopsy will be conducted at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime laboratory in Savannah. Results of the autopsy are expected to be available by the middle of next week, Brantley authorities say.

Pierce County Sheriff Robert King said Friday that Dempsey was first reported missing after friends and family members called emergency officials concerned because they hadn't heard from him in several days.