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Cause of death still undetermined

An autopsy performed on the body of a 25-year-old Augusta man last week has turned out inconclusive regarding the cause of his death, authorities say.

McDuffie County Coroner Rhusha Mack told The McDuffie Mirror it still isn't known how Antonio Edward Battle died. The coroner said he is awaiting toxicological results to determine the cause of the death.

It could take between six and eight weeks before those tests are completed and results released by officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab.

The body of Mr. Battle was discovered in Childers Creek, along Cedar Rock Road near the McDuffie-Warren county line shortly after noon Sunday, May 9, according to McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Investigator Larry Adaway.

Family members had reported Mr. Battle missing on Saturday night, May, 8. Mr. Battle, who is originally from Warrenton, was living with his girlfriend at a residence in Augusta at the time of his death, according to McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall. Sometime after he was reported missing, relatives learned their loved one might have been involved in a traffic mishap. It led to a search of the area. A piece of jewelry was recovered along Cedar Rock Road about noon Sunday. The body was found a short time later by relatives and friends searching for Mr. Battle.

Funeral services for Mr. Battle, who originally is from Warrenton but had been living with his girlfriend in Augusta, were held this past weekend.

The case remains under investigation by the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department, Coroner's Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Anyone with information should contact the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department at 706-595-2040 or the GBI at 706-595-2575.

Web posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010

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