ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a preliminary identification of a body found in an Oglethorpe County well is that of a 25-year-old Monroe man who has been missing since last month.

The agency said in a statement Monday evening that Charles Steven Parker was reported missing on Jan. 16 and was last seen in Clarke County on Jan. 15.

The Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office contacted the GBI regarding a possible body found in the county’s Sandy Cross community after someone smelled an odor that lead investigators to a well.  Investigators found a man’s partially decomposed body in the well at an abandoned house.

 The Georgia Bureau of Investigation made the preliminary identification based on a tattoo on the body of 25-year-old Charles Parker of Walton County.    Authorities followed an odor to a well located off Sandy Cross Road in Lexington, where they found the body. 

The body has been taken to the GBI crime lab where a cause of death will be determined, but the case has been ruled a homicide.

Here is the original story on the disappearance of Charles Parker

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