Death investigation

Law enforcement authorities are in a quandary about what exactly caused the death of a Blackshear man found on a roadside here last week.

An investigation has ruled out hit-and-run as the cause of death.

Marral O’Steen, 47, of Blackshear, was found lying in the grass near his bicycle about daybreak Friday morning. His death apparently occurred on Youmans Chapel Road in the area between Pecan Lane and Murray Hill Road.

O’Steen’s body was taken to the Georgia State Crime Lab in Savannah for an autopsy.

Sheriff Ramsey Bennett received the preliminary report Monday which ruled out a hit-and-run accident as the cause.

“The report from the GBI Crime Lab says Mr. O’Steen did not sustain any injuries consistent with a hit-and-run accident. There were no distinctive injuries to him,” said Pierce County Sheriff Ramsey Bennett. “At this point, we are awaiting toxicology reports and that might take six weeks to three months.”

Bennett said the death remains under investigation.