UPDATE: February 22, 2012 – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation autopsy reports showed that Parker, whose remains were found in an Oglethorpe County well was killed by gunshot wounds.
Authorities said they were unable to determine the exact time of death as of this point.
UPDATE: Police found a body in a well that has been identified as the body of Charles Stephen Parker.
The body was found after a man who watches the property off Sandy Cross Road for the owner smelled a bad order.
The man returned with his nephew Monday morning and peered into the well with a flashlight and binoculars, and saw a leg with a boot on. He called the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office, who later identified the body as Parker’s.
Authorities do not know what killed Charles Stephen Parker, but investigators are treating his death as a probable homicide, according to Jim Fullington, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Athens office.
“This is a suspicious death, and we’re looking at the probability of foul play,” Fullington said.
Charles Stephen Parker, 25, was last seen at church in Lithonia on Sunday. Charles’ brother, Patrick said Charles was going to look at some business property he wanted to purchase, because he was planning on starting his own business.
Authorities found Charles’ black 2010 Chrysler 300 on Hoyt Street near College Avenue, Wednesday morning. Some of Charles’ belonging were found and turned into the police. Charles’ wallet and gym bag were also found in another area.
A witness stated they saw Charles in Athens about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
“I am trying to be hopeful – that is all I can do,” Kenisha Parker, Charles’ wife said after a Wednesday press conference at the Monroe Police Station. “They have found everything but him. He is the missing piece and all we want is for him to come home.”
Charles works at the Bank of America in Monroe as the asst. branch manager.
Charles is 5’10” tall and weighs 165 pounds. He was wearing a black suit, black tie and white shirt when he left church.
If you know the whereabouts of Charles, please call the Monroe police at 678-858-1203.