DeKalb County

Burned body found near dumpster at DeKalb County park

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities are investigating after a body was found Thursday morning in a park in DeKalb County.

Police told Channel 2 Action News that maintenance workers found the body, which had been burned, near a dumpster at the Southeast Athletic Complex on Hillvale Road around 7:30 a.m. The dumpster is beside a soccer field.

Few other details about the investigation have been released.


Fernandes saw detectives collecting evidence in the park.

"I have been here 20 years and I’ve never heard about anything like this," said Melanie Moses.

Moses saw a heavy police presence near her DeKalb County home Thursday morning. She stopped to see what was going on.

"It's normally not a good sign when you see the news and you see the police officers," she said.

Fernandes asked police about whether the person’s body was dumped at the location or burned there. Investigators are not releasing much information as they try to figure out what happened.

“I can’t remember the last time something like this happened, but this was something that was outside of the ordinary," said Jaques Spencer, with the DeKalb County Police Department.

Moses said a child could've found the body because it was very close to the ball fields, where kids play on a daily basis.

"You have baseball, you have soccer, you have everything that’s going on out here and so it's pretty active. It’s a little scary hearing about this in your own backyard," she said.

The park was closed all day as police investigated. DeKalb police are urging anyone with information to call them at (678) 406-7929.