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21-year-old Dayton Counsell's body now sits in the GBI Crime Lab. He was found dead late Friday night in his vehicle in the parking lot outside The County Club Dance Hall and Saloon.

"All deaths we handle as suspicious," said Lt. Calvin Chew, Public Information Officer for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. "So until we get information back from the coroner as far as autopsy and what happened, that's what we're going to be looking at it as. A suspicious death."

The Coroner's Office doesn't have the results of an autopsy back yet, but the Sheriff's Office is pushing on with their investigation into why Counsell's red Chevy Blazer sat in the parking lot for an extended period of time unnoticed.

"Basically the investigators are now doing background information," said Chew. "When was he last seen, when was the last time the family heard from him, that kind of thing."

So I went looking for my own background information at the Country Club. An employee there didn't want to go on camera, but told me that Counsell's clothing didn't match their dress code policy. He said they also reviewed security camera footage, and didn't have record of him going into the club.

Staffers at neighboring Robbie's Sports Bar said he looked familiar, but they couldn't specifically name a night when they may have seen him.

The Sheriff's Office now trying to get as many details as they can as well.

"It's suspicious in that he was there for quite a while," said Chew. "And nobody noticed him. There was nothing obvious to suggest it was foul play involved. But we still kind of have to treat it that way until we find out otherwise."


(May 13,2013)- The coroner has identified the body of a man found dead over the weekend as 21 year old Dayton Counsell. No word yet on the cause of death. WFXG will have the elates on the investigation tonight on FOX54 News at 10pm.

(May 11, 2013)- A manager of a nearby business said the man was found dead in a red SUV that had been parked in front of the Country Club Dance Hall and Saloon. He said the man was 21 years old from Evans and believed the body had been in the car for at least a week.

ORIGINAL: A man's body was found behind the Hooters off Washington Road late Friday night.

Richmond County investigators said the body was taken to the GBI crime lab. No word on how the man died or how long the body had been there.

Investigators said this is an on-going investigation and described the situation as ‘sketchy.'  

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