SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The body of a Savannah and Garden City businessman was found on a vacant lot he co-owned early Tuesday morning.
Savannah-Chatham Metro Police said Christopher Mayville, 50, was found on the lot at East 61st and Abercorn streets about 3:30 a.m. by a search team of patrol officers. The cause of death has not yet been released.
A Central Precinct officer spotted Mayville's Toyota SUV in the back of the lot about 1 a.m. and police began investigating why it was there, according to SCMPD.
"They found the vehicle and felt that something may have happened on this lot, so they walked the lot in one long line until they found the body," said Julian Miller, public information admininstrator for the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept. "At that point you may have seen us all walk out in one long line to keep from contaminating the site."
Family members called police just after 2 a.m. Tuesday to report they had not seen him since 9 a.m. Monday. That's the time he usually went to work as an accountant in Garden City.
Police called a tactical alert to gather officers from all precincts to walk around the lot. Mayville's body was in a clump of bushes on the back of the lot.
Violent Crimes detectives are investigating the death and events that led up to it.
"They are looking into a crime scene investigation," said SCAD student Hailey Williams. "A dead body was found and they are asking students if they saw anything suspicious yesterday."
Those with information are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 912. 234.2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include "CStop2020" plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.