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A Cedartown man who had been missing since Labor Day was found dead in the woods a few miles from his house on Friday morning, according to Polk County Coroner Tony Brazier.

Tex Johnny Frits, 66, of a Treat Mountain Road address, was pronounced dead at 10:30 a.m. Friday morning by Brazier after he was found around 3 miles down the road several days after he went missing.

Brazier said Frits was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for an autopsy after the scene was processed as a suspicious death. He said that due to the level of decomposition with the body, no cause of death had yet been determined.

According to Brazier, Frits had left the house on Labor Day and went several miles down the road, then through the woods until he reached a clearing Frits had previously used as a deer blind.

“It appears he came under some kind of distress and tried to get back to his four wheeler,” Brazier said.

Frits was found slumped over the front of the four wheeler, Brazier said. Polk County Police officers and investigators, along with the coroner’s office, searched an acre of area of any signs of evidence, but police are still investigating for the time being.

“We processed the body and we are working the case aggressively,” Brazier said.