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Police name victim, search for killer
The crime scene on Saturday. - photo by Photo by Lewis Levine

A Savannah man was found dead on Clarktown Road, about a half mile from the railroad tracks, late Friday night. Authorities are not disclosing the cause of death, but the incident has been ruled a homicide.

Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to the scene when a woman called 911 after driving by at 11:20 p.m. and seeing a man lying motionless on the grassy area at the side of the road.

The man, 34-year-old Jack Harley, was identified Monday evening when someone called authorities in response to media reports. GBI Agent Micah Ward said the description of Harley’s numerous tattoos was a key factor in getting him identified. Ward said he has confirmed Harley’s identity via his family.

"It blows my mind that something like this happened so close to home," said J.R. Gill, who lives near where the body was found on Clarktown Road. "I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve never heard of a crime like this being committed in this area."

Gill said he and wife have a heightened sense of awareness toward securing their home since Friday night.

Ward said numerous leads are being followed by the GBI and the Bryan County Sheriff’s Department.

-Read more in the Bryan County News.

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