George Jackson

EATONTON, Ga. — A veteran deputy sheriff with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office was found dead at his home in neighboring Putnam County earlier this week, local authorities say.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard R. Sills identified the victim as George Jackson.

“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share with you the passing of Sgt. George Jackson,” according to a post put out on the Facebook page of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. “Please keep the sheriff’s office and Mr. Jackson’s family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Jackson was a deputy sergeant with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and was assigned to the court’s division in Madison. He had worked with the sheriff’s office for 12 years.

The last time Jackson had been heard from by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office was Dec. 29, according to Sills.

The sheriff said since Jackson had not shown up for work and he could not be reached by phone that a couple of deputies went to Jackson’s residence. Deputies saw Jackson’s patrol vehicle in the yard, but they were unable to get anyone to come to the door.

“They knew he had been sick, so they forced entry and found him [lying] dead inside the house,” Sills said.

It is believed he died from natural causes.

“We don’t suspect any foul play, whatsoever,” Sills said.

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