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News MCSO investigation rules death accidental

Macon County Sheiriff's Office responded to a 911 call concerning a deceased man outside of a residence on Maclor Forest Circle on Saturday afternoon.

After a preliminary investigation, the MCSO was able to determine that the man was the owner of the home and has since been identified as 62-year-old Jim Scholten.

Due to the circumstances involving the case and the evidence found by MCSO detectives, the death was deemed to be suspicious in nature and a full investigation by the MCSO and State Bureau of Investigation was conducted over the weekend.

The 911 call reveals that the caller was in the Maclor Forest Circle area doing door to door visits when he came upon a deceased male in front of a home. The report shows that the deceased appeared to have fallen and there were traces of blood around him.

After an autopsy was performed on Monday, the medical examiner ruled the cause of death to be accidental and brought on by a medical condition.

“The scene led investigators to believe that the deceased may have fallen in several locations and a subsequent blood trail gave officers an uneasy feeling about the situation,” said Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland. “Investigators made the right decision to launch a full-scale investigation into the circumstances surrounding this death until an autopsy could be conducted and the exact cause of death could be determined.”


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