Peachtree City’s discovery of a deceased male is now part of a murder investigation.

On August 3, at approximately 7:45 a.m. the Peachtree City Police Department responded to a report of a deceased male found in an area of thick brush behind the parking area of Wisdom Point 277 North Highway 74.

Detectives from the Peachtree City Police Department and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Region 2 Crime Scene Unit processed the body and its surroundings for evidence. The deceased was identified as Michael Tolbert, 34, of Peachtree City, said police spokesman Mark Brown.

Early in processing the scene, the cause of death was not apparent. Once the body was moved from its final resting position, a defect was identified on the torso. An autopsy by the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office on August 5, 2019, confirmed that the defect was a gunshot wound. The manner of death is classified as homicide at this time, and investigation into the matter is ongoing.

On August 2, at approximately 1:15 a.m. Peachtree City officers responded to a call of several gunshots heard in the area of Woodsmill Apartments. No suspects were located at that time.

Subsequent investigation into that incident resulted in the suspected gunman from the Woodsmill incident being arrested in the late hours of August 4, 2019. Detectives are actively investigating any potential relationship between the shots fired at Woodsmill and the body found behind Wisdom Point. Further information on the suspect arrested regarding the shots being fired will be available once warrants have been issued.