GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — The body of a missing man was found in an abandoned motel after someone breaking into the property stumbled upon it.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quotes the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office as saying Wednesday that Timothy Johnson was last seen Dec. 6. Griffin Police recovered his car the next day. His body was found Sunday when the thief came across it at a former Howard Johnson motel.

Capt. Dwayne Jones says investigators had searched the property three times and cadaver dogs searched the area twice but found nothing.

The sheriff’s office says the thief found the body near a wall cutout that exposed copper pipes and plumbing, and left the scene. He called 911 and fled. The body was taken to the state crime lab for an autopsy and positive identification.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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