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Autopsy planned today on body found on I-75

By Kathy Jefcoats

An autopsy is planned this morning on a Decatur man found dead inside his car Tuesday morning near mile marker 220 along Interstate 75 South in McDonough.

Henry police spokeswoman Officer Christy Nebel said foul play is not suspected but a cause of death would not be determined until today. Police identified the body as Dennis Henry Armstead III of Decatur. Armstead turned 22 Sept. 8.

Nebel said the Henry County Communications Center received a call from a citizen around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

"The caller stated there was a person in the vehicle who may need medical assistance," Nebel said in a press release. "Upon arrival of emergency units a 22-year-old black male was found dead inside the vehicle."

Armstead was found inside a teal green Chevrolet Cavalier. Traffic was briefly hindered on I-75 as passers-by stopped to take a look. Midday southbound traffic between exits 218 and 222 slowed to a crawl as officers worked to first remove the body and then the car.

Armstead's body was taken to Henry Medical Center for autopsy.

Nebel would not comment on whether or not a weapon was found inside the car, which was impounded for further investigation. It was also not known how long Armstead remained in the car before he was found.

The Henry County Bureau of Police Services Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the case. The cause of death is expected to be released following autopsy today.