SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Police found the body of a man who had been missing for a week inside an abandoned home in Union City Friday.
Lester “Roy” Jones, 44, was reported missing from Union City Saturday.
Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach confirmed with police that his death has been ruled a homicide.
Jones’ friend, Patrick McDonald, told Gehlbach that he had given Jones his car and bank card to go to Walmart last Thursday, and Jones had never returned.
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Surveillance video taken later shows three men in the car attempting to use the card at an ATM. One of the men is wearing a surgical mask. Police told McDonald that his stolen car was later found crashed in Chicago after having been used to commit more crimes.
“They have my car. Supposedly doing forensics on the car. I don’t know what’s come of it, but it’s totaled,” McDonald said.
He said Jones suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after having been the victim of a shooting as a teen. McDonald feared that his friend was dead, and those fears were confirmed Friday afternoon.
Channel 2’s Rikki Klaus spoke with a man who lives across the street from the Cotter Drive home in which Jones’ body was found.
“I just know I smelled something that was kind of foul for a couple days,” said the man. “When they confirmed it was a body, I was, like, ‘Wow.’ It’s scary, man. It’s terrifying. You never know.”
Police said they have multiple persons of interest in custody.
Anyone with information on the case should call the Union City police department.
Tipsters can also call CrimeStoppers at 404-577-8477. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.
"You never know when it's going to be your family, your friend, your mother, your father, whoever it may be that he does this to. So if you know him, see him, know where he is, turn him in,” McDonald said.
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