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Police investigate body found in river near Clayton County hospital

Police are still working to determine the victim's cause of death though they have suggested there were no signs of 'visible, external trauma.'
Credit: 11Alive

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Authorities say they investigating a body found in a metro Atlanta river on Monday afternoon.

Clayton County Police officer and spokesperson Aubriel Stroud confirmed at around 3 p.m. that there was a death investigation underway.

He later elaborated that officers responded around 12:20 p.m. to a call regarding an unresponsive person in the Flint River near Upper Riverdale Road and Garden Walk Boulevard. Maps show the section of river being just a short distance from Southern Regional Medical Center.

"Upon arrival, officers observed an unresponsive adult in the water with no signs of life," Stroud wrote.

Police said it's unclear what officially caused the victim's death; though, a preliminary investigation showed "no apparent signs of visible, external trauma."

While the victim has since been been identified as 53-year-old Matthew Donald Meeks of Florida, there are no new updates to the investigation. This is a developing story. Check back for new information as it becomes available.

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