Body of newborn found in woods in Dawson County, sheriff says

DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities say the body of a newborn was discovered in the woods in Dawson County Friday.

Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson said that about noon, the 911 center got a call that the baby had been located in a wooded area behind a home off Thompson road. The body was discovered by the homeowner.

Officials said they believe the baby was around 1 - 2 weeks old.

“It is a very sad and tragic occurrence which we know has and will impact many,” Johnson said in a statement to the Dawson County News. “We ask our community to remember those affected in your thoughts and prayers, as this investigation unfolds.”

Johnson said that at least two people are being questioned in connection to the case.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist local investigators.