Remains identified as Macon man missing since Father's Day
MACON, Ga. (WGXA) - The remains of a man found Thursday near an abandoned home in Macon have now been identified as a man who was last seen on June 18.
Bibb County coroner Leon Jones confirmed Friday the remains that were found near Bloomfield Drive were those of 57-year-old Emmanuel Stroud Sr.
Jones said Stroud had been shot in the right side of his abdomen. The Bibb County Sheriff's Office is investigating Stroud's death as a homicide.
Emansia Stroud, his daughter, said reality hasn't sunk in yet.
"It really hasn't hit me yet," she said. "I'm just shocked somebody would do this to my dad because he was a good person."
The family continues to mourn.
"Right now I'm so sad," said Stroud's sister, Winifred Stroud-Redding. "I didn't want this outcome."
Authorities had been searching for Stroud since he disappeared on Father's Day.
"I wanted closure, but not like this, Lord Jesus," Stroud-Redding said. "I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy."
His mother, Carrie Mathews, remembers the last thing her son said to her before leaving the house.
"You'll watch the roast and the turnips? I said, 'Yeah,'" Mathews said. "He said, 'I got them down low,' and then I turned around and he was gone."
Emansia said she smiles when she thinks of her father's sense of humor.
"He'd be funny, cracking jokes," she said. "Little lame jokes that I thought were so lame but they were funny to him because he used to always laugh at his own jokes."
Stroud's sister hopes investigators will find whoever is responsible for his death.
"Find justice," Stroud-Redding said. "I'm looking for justice, Lord."