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Body abandoned in Walmart parking lot identified

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Marta Luz Diaz and Jose Trinidad Bercian-Diaz Marta Luz Diaz and Jose Trinidad Bercian-Diaz

Henry County investigators have now confirmed the identity of a body that was discovered in a Walmart parking lot.

Officers said the victim, Saturnino Tamez, 67, who is known as "Tony," lived in Stockbridge.

He was originally from Texas.

Employees at the Mellow Mushroom in Henry County discovered Tamez's body inside a van, and said they still can't get over what they saw.

"It shook me up. It shook every one of us up," said Don Leavitt, an employee at Mellow Mushroom.

Leavitt was returning a shopping cart to the Walmart next door when he noticed a strange smell.

"It was bad. You could smell it. It just reeked," Leavitt said.

Leavitt called his coworkers over to take a closer look.

"We were looking around the van to see maybe if there was foul play, and we noticed the gunshot wound to the front windshield. And then we looked inside, and we could actually see blood on the front passenger seat," said Ruby Brake, an employee at Mellow Mushroom. 

"There was a dead body in the van," Leavitt said.

Investigators said it's clear the body had been in the van for nearly a week.

"We had noticed it there and, like my other employee said, you expect it to be broke down or this or that," Brake said.

Detectives are looking for Marta Luz Diaz and Jose Trinidad Bercian-Diaz. They believe they may know something about the case.

"We need to talk to them in reference to this case, and hopefully we can find them at some point quickly," said Sgt. Joey Smith with the Henry County Police Department.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Henry County Police at 770-288-8249.

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