COLLEGE PARK — Authorities have confirmed that a decomposed body found at the end of a dead-end road near North Clayton High School has been identified as David Barlow, the man missing from his mother’s Morrow home since March 29.
At this point in the investigation, Clayton County police are considering Barlow’s death a homicide. He was reported missing more than three weeks ago after his car was found idling and unoccupied at the end of his mother’s King William Drive home, with two cell phones inside.
Several days later, his wallet was found in the city of College Park.
Police had previously described the 39-year-old man’s disappearance as “suspicious in nature.”
Clayton County officers responding to a report of a possible dead body April 13 discovered decomposed human remains at the dead end of Crystal Lake Road in a residential area behind the Riverdale Road QuikTrip.
“Responding officers were advised by a man who had been walking in the area with his dog that the dog wandered into the wooded area but refused to come back when he called him,” police spokeswoman Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said in a press release. “When the male entered the wooded area to retrieve the dog, he observed what appeared to be the dead body of a male.”
Police were called in to investigate around 7 p.m.
“Officers described the body to be in a state of decomposition which made it impossible to positively identify the male immediately,” Marbury said. “The GBI was requested to respond to the location and the body was subsequently transported to the medical examiner’s office so that an autopsy could be performed.”
Results of the autopsy confirmed Tuesday that the body was positively identified as Barlow. He was shot at least once, which may have been his cause of death, according to police.
“The Clayton County Police Department has ruled the death of David Barlow to be a homicide and is working to identify leads and suspects in the case at this time,” Marbury said.
Anyone with information about Barlow’s disappearance or his murder should contact Crime Stoppers at 404- 577-TIPS (8477). Tipsters can remain anonymous.