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Update: North Augusta Man’s Body is Found in Trash Pile with No Clear Cause of Death

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The cause of death remained unclear Friday on a North Augusta man whose body was found under a tarp and near a trash pile in Trenton.

Tommy L. Hoover, 68, was found deceased Thursday afternoon and may have been there for a few days, Coroner Darryl Ables said in a press release.

Tommy Hoover, from Facebook

On Friday, an autopsy gave no solid answers.

“The cause and manner of death will be pending toxicology analysis,” Ables said Friday.

Deputies responded to Katie Lane around 5:30 p.m. Thursday after a 911 caller reported the body. The caller took deputies to a location between Sunny Brooke and Wiggins Way, where the human remains were laying just off the road near a trash pile, sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said.

The death is being called suspicious, the coroner said. Hoover’s family last saw and spoke with him last Friday afternoon. He did not show up for work and did not call his sister, who he lived with.

“He would never do that,” a Facebook post says. “Never!!!!”

According to a post from Sandra DuBose, Hoover was well known to the PRIDE family. That organization is dedicated to creating and promoting pro-LGBTQ events for Augusta and the surrounding CSRA, the page said.

Late Thursday, DuBose updated the page with this: “Unfortunately, Tommy Hoover was found deceased this afternoon in Aiken County. Please lift his family and friend in prayer. This was a senseless killing.”

The location of the discovery is shown below.

The body was discovered off Katie Lane in Trenton, between Sunny Brooke and Wiggins Way.

Greg Rickabaugh is the Jail Report Contributor for The Augusta Press. Reach him at [email protected]

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