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Body found 33 years ago identified as missing Broward County man

Posted at 6:44 AM, Sep 29, 2017

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- The body of a man shot in the head in Georgia and left on a remote dirt road between Forsyth and Gray 33 years ago has been identified as a missing South Florida man.

The Telegraph of Macon reported that a DNA analysis of the man's remains, completed earlier this year, matched that of William Maholland, who was reported missing from Fort Lauderdale in June 1984.

Maholland, who was 28, is thought to have been killed a month earlier and dumped in Jones County, nearly 600 miles north of his hometown. A fisherman found the body in the Oconee National Forest.

Investigators suspected that the man was from out of town because of his Bermuda shorts and a belt with swordfish on it. Authorities estimated that he had been dead about a week.