Hancock County, GA (October 16, 2020) – On Thursday, October 15, 2020, at approximately 12:14 p.m., the GBI Region 6 field office was requested to assist the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office with a death investigation.   

Hancock County Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers and Georgia Department of Corrections agents, located a male body in the woods near Hancock State Prison in Sparta, Hancock County, GA. GBI agents along with the Hancock County Sherriff’s office began conducting interviews and processing the scene. 

The body was transported to the GBI Crime Lab where an autopsy was performed. The body has been positively identified as Willie Cecil Barrett, 49, of Perry, GA. Preliminary investigation revealed, the family of Barrett filed a missing person report on October 7, 2020 with the Warner Robins Police Department in Warner Robins, GA. Barrett’s last known location was Sparta, GA. Autopsy results are pending.

Contact SAC Mary Chandler