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Authorities still seek cause of man 's death

How did Antonio Edward Battle meet his death?

That's the biggest question confronting local authorities involved in probing the 25-year-old Augusta man's death, according to McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Investigator Larry Adaway.

"We still don't know how he died and that's something we've got to determine," Investigator Adaway said during an interview with The McDuffie Mirror last Wednesday. "We're working closely with the coroner's office and the state crime lab to determine exactly how this man died, but right now we don't know."

Crime lab experts with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation near Atlanta still are awaiting toxicology results, he said.

"Because they are so backed up on cases, we're not sure when we will get those results," Investigator Adaway said.

An autopsy was performed on Mr. Battle's body after he was discovered lying in a creek bed along Cedar Rock Road on May 9 in McDuffie County. The creek is located only a short distance from the Warren County line.

The autopsy, which was ordered by McDuffie County Coroner Rhusha Mack, however, did not determine how he died.

Investigator Adaway said he had spoken with several people and learned that Mr. Battle attended a party the night before his body was found.

"We're still taking calls from and still talking to folk about this investigation," Investigator Adaway said.

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

Web posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010

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