Sheriff's Office: Bonaire Death Ruled Suicide | Families
A body found in the woods has been identified as Kenneth Neuhart, a missing 82-year-old Bonaire man, according to a Wednesday afternoon news release.
After examination, Houston County medical examiner Dr. James Whitaker ruled the death as a suicide. Neuhart died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to a news release from the sheriff's department.
Sheriff's investigators found evidence that Neuhart may have been contemplating suicide when he walked away from his home Tuesday. After his body was found, investigators found a handgun on the scene, according to the news release.
The Houston County Sheriff's Department says Neuhart's body was found around 10:30 a.m in a "thickly wooded area" near the 300 block of Old Perry Road.
Houston County coroner Danny Galpin says that's about a block from the last site Neuhart was seen Tuesday morning near the intersection of Old Perry Road and Walnut Ridge Drive in Bonaire, near his home.
Neuhart had been missing since early Tuesday morning, according to a Houston County Sheriff's Office news release.
Investigators say Neuhart left his house between 6:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Tuesday, and may have been suffering from emotional and medical problems.
A member of the sheriff's office told 13WMAZ the Tuesday evening search involved Georgia State Patrol helicopters.
Foul play is not suspected.