Body of SCAD student found downtown

By Michelle Paynter - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham police say the body of a SCAD student was found Monday morning in downtown Savannah.

Police say a city maintenance worker made the gruesome discovery just before sunrise. He found a man's body lying in the middle of Congress Lane behind the Broughton Municipal Building.

Many people saw the police tape blocking off the area on their way to work.

Beth Hawks works at Slicer's Deli across the street. "The police were all out there and I saw a body laying in the middle of the alley," Hawk said.

Police say they found a SCAD ID card in the victim's wallet, but they aren't releasing the student's name until they notify his family.

Officials are not saying how he died. Investigators sent the body to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

"I heard it was a young white male, 28 to 30-years-old with a big gash in the back of his head," said Hawk. "It's really sad you know."

Forensic officers took photographs and homicide detectives are trying to piece together a timeline of what happened.

Whatever the cause, having this happen across the street is very concerning for Hawk.

"We don't want our tourists seeing that stuff," she said. "I don't know what happened, I guess we will find out."

The Savannah College of Art and Design is not releasing any information about the student, but the school released a statement saying:

"As with any tragedy in our local community, the thoughts of the SCAD community go out to the deceased individual's family and friends."

The investigation is still ongoing. If you have any information, call police of CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020.

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