A call about a suspicious vehicle Thursday morning led Colquitt County Sheriff’s deputies to discover the body of a Perry, Ga., man.

Sheriff’s investigator Sgt. Shawn Bostick said a deputy was called to a house on Bob Taylor Road about 8:15 a.m. Thursday. The caller reported a suspicious vehicle being parked at an abandoned house, and the deputy went to check on the vehicle.

When the deputy arrived at the house, Bostick said a body was found on the front porch. The body was of a male, and he was identified as Rudolph Maples, 57, of Perry.

Colquitt County Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Shannon Hart said it was believed Maples’ body had been there for as many as four or five days. A cause of death was not known, and the body was sent to the GBI crime lab in Atlanta for an autopsy.

 Hart said it was possibly a suicide. A gun was found at the scene near Maples’ body, but more will be known following the autopsy. The GBI is assisting in the investigation.

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