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Cabinet maker 's death under investigation

Local and state law enforcement authorities still are investigating the death of a Griffin, Ga. man who fell from atop a stilt-built house early Friday near Dearing.

McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Investigator Al Reeves identified him as Craig Bryant, 53. An autopsy performed at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Augusta on Friday afternoon revealed that Mr. Bryant died from blunt force trauma to the head, Investigator Reeves said.

McDuffie County Coroner Rhusha Mack pronounced Mr. Bryant dead at 7:25 a.m.

The investigator said the sheriff's office received a call to investigate the death about 5 a.m. after the employer of the man killed discovered the body lying on the ground. The two men had been camping together.

"We don't know at this time what actually happened," Investigator Reeves said. "We're still looking at everything. It's ongoing."

The death occurred on the 4200 block of Neal's Mill Road. Mr. Bryant, a cabinet maker, fell about 14 feet from the house that had no railing on the side, Investigator Reeves said.

When the investigator arrived, Deputies Kalvin Johnson and Marc Coy already were on the scene. Personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services also had gotten there, too.

Investigator Reeves said he requested assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 7 Office. GBI Special Agent Joe Brown and Crime Scene Specialist Steve Foster were sent to the scene by Special Agent Mike Ayers, who is in-charge of the local GBI office.

Mr. Bryant's employer, whose identity was withheld by authorities, said he discovered his employee and friend lying on the ground when he awakened shortly before 5 a.m. He called 911 for help.

Web posted on Thursday, August 19, 2010

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