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Bryan homicide victim ID'd
No cause of death given by authorities
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Investigators photograph and comb an area of Clarktown Road in southern Bryan County where a Savannah man was found dead Friday night. - photo by Photo by Lewis Levine
A Savannah man was found dead on Clarktown Road in southern Bryan County late Friday night.
Authorities are not disclosing the cause of death, but the incident has been ruled a homicide.
Bryan County deputies were alerted to the scene when a woman called 911 after driving by at 11:20 p.m. and seeing the man lying motionless on the grassy area at the side of the road.
The man, Jack Harley, 34, 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 with 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. “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, but no further details are available at this time.
This marks the third unsolved homicide case currently ongoing in Bryan County. The other two investigations, involving the deaths of Pembroke residents Devon Morris and James Young, are also currently being investigated by the GBI.
Morris, 69, was allegedly attacked June 8 in his home. He died Aug. 14 and an autopsy showed the beating he sustained helped cause his death, according to authorities. Police said three people broke into Morris’ home on Main Street and ransacked it while he was asleep. Donna Hodges was arrested on Oct. 16, with a court date pending.
Neither the GBI nor Pembroke police have named a suspect in the death of Young, 66, who was found dead Nov. 10 at his home on Rogers Road. He was found by police responding to a call for a welfare check of his home.
At the time of his death, Harley was wearing blue jeans, a long-sleeved red shirt, a black cloth jacket and Nike basketball shoes. The was 5-foot, 10-inch man wore a goatee and buzz cut. His tattoos include multiple jokers on his chest, a marijuana leaf on his right calf and a devil on his back. Records with the Georgia Department of Corrections say he has served at least two prison terms and was most recently released from a 10-year armed robbery and assault sentence in November 2008.
Agent Ward urges anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Harley within the last week to call the GBI at 871-1121.

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