LANIER CO., Ga. (WTXL) - Lanier County Sheriff's Office investigators have identified the remains of a body found in the area of Burnt Church Road southeast of Lakeland on the morning of Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 as being that of Keith Oliver Ervin, 42, of Remerton, Georgia.
Ervin had been reported as a "Missing Person" in late January to the Remerton Police Department in the Valdosta area. Police had been conducting ongoing investigations into his whereabouts.
After the body was discovered, it was sent to the GBI Crime Lab in Moultrie, Georgia to be positively identified. On Tuesday, February 11, the Crime Lab notified the Sheriff's Office that fingerprint comparison had positively identified the body as that of Keith Ervin.
The body has now been sent to Atlanta for additional advanced forensic examination to assist in determining the cause of death. According to Detective Sgt. John Olsen with the Lanier Co. Sheriff's Office, no clear cause of death was immediately determined at the scene by the investigators, CSI personnel or the Lanier County Coroner. The case is being investigated as a Homicide due to the undetermined manner of death.
Anyone who has any information that might assist in the investigation is asked to call the Lanier County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 229-482-3545, Detective Sergeant John Olsen.