Photo by Elaine Rackley
Harris Ward transport owner Nellie Ward removed one of the two bodies found Friday, in a first floor unit of the 3000 building in Hidden Creek Apartments, located at 6595 Mt. Zion Blvd., in Morrow.
MORROW — Two people were found dead Friday inside a Morrow apartment.
Clayton County Police Spokesperson C. Ashmore said police were called to Hidden Creek Apartments, at 6595 Mt. Zion Blvd., in Morrow.
Ashmore said a maintenance man made the gruesome discovery on the first floor of the 3000 building of apartment complex.
“We got the call around 10:03 a.m.,” said Ashmore. “Police were conducting a welfare check.”
Clayton County Police and the GBI are conducting a joint investigation into the deaths, according to Ashmore.
Police tape surrounded the walkway entrance of the 3000 building while two police officers stood guard at the crime scene, allowing only detectives and investigators in and out of the building.
T.R. Johnson said she lives in the apartment right above where the dead bodies were found. Johnson returned home while detectives and GBI investigators were collecting evidence from the apartment.
Johnson said she has lived in the apartment complex for a year.
“I told the people at the rental office about the odor,” said Johnson. “Nothing like this has ever happened like this before.”
She said she reported the foul odor to the leasing office nearly eight days ago.
“I thought an animal had died or something,” said Johnson.
Portia Christmas said she has lived in the apartment complex, in a different building, for two months. She said she was surprised to hear that two people were found dead in the complex.
“It has always been real quiet around here, sometimes too quiet,” said Christmas. “You hardly ever see any people outside.”
A man who identified himself only as “Freddie” said he frequently visits a friend who lives in the 3000 apartment building.
“I just started smelling something a few days ago,” he said. “My friend mentioned to me about a week ago she smelled something.”
Harris Ward transport waited as Clayton County Police criminal and GBI investigators loaded bags of evidence from the scene.
“We have to wait for them to assess the scene and sometimes wait on a judge to sign a warrant,” said Nellie Ward, owner of Harris Ward transport. “We are waiting for the GBI to give us permission to remove the bodies.”
Ward said they were taking the bodies to the GBI crime lab.