Coroner officially IDs body in Metter human remains case

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The coroner has identified one body found in a Metter scrap yard in December along with two other sets of human remains.

Candler County Coroner Allen Tyler confirmed Wednesday that Eric Collins has been positively identified. Collins was born in 1905 and died in 1983.

Tyler is working to identify the remaining two bodies.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) last week released the names of three individuals they said were given to them: Theresa McClarin, Leroy Dixon, and Mamie Fredricks.

News 3 is told those names were not official but were given to them during their investigation.

The GBI is still working to make contact with anyone with information regarding the names mentioned. They are encouraged to call the GBI Statesboro Office at 912-871-1121.

The remains were found at Scrap Partners Recycling on Dec. 28 which had been taken from Hodges Funeral Home while crews were tearing down a shed.

Investigators said the remains had been stored in the shed for at least 25 years.

Percy Hodges, 70, a mortician at the funeral home has been arrested and charged for Throwing Away or Abandonment of Dead Bodies in connection with the case.

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