Lyons Police confirm body recovered in woods over weekend

Published: Jan. 16, 2023 at 7:20 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 17, 2023 at 5:12 PM EST
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LYONS, Ga. (WTOC) - The Lyons Police Department confirms a body was recovered from a wooded area over the weekend.

Children were playing in the woods off Highway 280 when they came across human remains. Police were called and arrived on scene around 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Lyons Police then called the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in to help with the investigation.

Police are waiting on confirmation of the person’s identity, but believe the remains are of 78 year old David Adaway who was reported missing in 2021. They also believe this was not a homicide, but are awaiting a cause of death confirmation from the medical examiner.

Chief Wesley Walker says a security camera captured Adaway leaving his neighborhood on foot and walking toward those woods before he disappeared. He says certain items found near the remains connect back to Adaway.

Walker says search crews combed that area, but the terrain has changed in nearly two years.

“The spot is very low, in that wooded area. We think that, back during June 2021, that the area was probably flooded,” said Chief Walker.

Before he disappeared, Adaway had worked his shift at work and parked his vehicle at home before walking toward the woods.

They now wait for confirmation from the autopsy at the GBI crime lab. Meanwhile, anyone with information in this case can still get in touch with police.