ATLANTA (AJC/WAOK)-There is still no positive identification of the body of a black woman found in southeast Atlanta on Monday afternoon. The Fulton County medical examiner’s office says it will have to use dental records and fingerprints to help with the id. That means the family of Stacey Nicole English will have to wait another agonizing day to find out if the body is that of their loved one who has been missing since December 26.
According to a report in the AJC, if the body does turn out to be English, it could be a while before a cause of death is determined, Fulton County’s chief medical examiner said Tuesday after completing the autopsy.
“Further studies will need to be performed” to determine what killed the adult black female “consistent in age with reported missing person Stacey English,” Chief Medical Examiner Randy Hanzlick said.
English’s Volvo was discovered, with the engine running, on Dec. 27 on the parking lot of a library and mini police precinct less than a mile away from where the body was found. Two men searching for scrap metal located the body wedged under a tree about 30 yards off the street in a wooded area near a dead end on St. John’s Avenue.
Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos said authorities received a 911 call about the discovery shortly before 3 p.m. Monday. The body was found “in an advanced state of decomposition,” Campos said.
English’s family members were notified about the discovery and have been to the area several times to talk to neighbors.
Monday, Campos could not say if police had canvassed St. Johns Avenue on Jan. 6, when K-9 units and officers on horseback combed the area, however, neighbors said they did not see police with dogs or horses in the wooded area, nor did they see volunteers on foot searching the woods where the body was found.
Meantime, the family and supporters of Stacey English continue to ask for prayers on the “Help Us Find Stacey Nicole English” Facebook page, holding out hope that the body found in the woods is not that of the Buckhead woman.
More in this report from the AJC