The dead body of a woman was found in the parking lot of a Macon, Georgia Zaxby’s located at 910 Riverside Drive on Saturday morning around 8 a.m. The woman has been identified as Blair Chamblee, 25. Chamblee was found in the back seat of a 2006 Toyota 4Runner by the manager of the Zaxby’s when he came in to work. It has been surmised that the engine had been running since Friday afternoon.
According to WMAZ, the manager said that he had noticed the vehicle in the parking lot on Friday around 4 p.m., but he did not see anyone in it at that time. When he looked inside on Saturday morning he saw the body of an unresponsive female on the back seat on the passenger side. At that time, he broke the window and called 911.
WGXA reports that Chamblee was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:15 a.m.
The Telegraph writes that the SUV was parked near the back of the restaurant’s parking lot. The restaurant is located at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Spring Street.
Chief Deputy Coroner Lonnie Miley described the victim as a young white female. He stated that although there were no visible signs of foul play or physical trauma, the death is being investigated as suspicious. Cause of death will be officially determined by an autopsy that will hopefully be conducted on Monday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).
Investigators from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office processed the scene in conjunction with crime scene investigators.
Family notification was made by Bibb County Coroner Lee Jones.
Bibb County and the city of Macon merged in 2012 and consolidated their government services under one umbrella. The area boasts a population of approximately 155,000 residents, per census records.
City-Data 2013 crime stats show a violent crime rate of 363.2 per 100,000 population in Macon as compared to a national average of 203.3. Assaults occurred at a rate of 316 as compared to a national average of 229. In 2012, the city employed 279 full-time police officers.
Zaxby’s is a national restaurant chain with over 800 locations that primarily operate in the southeastern United States. Its menu primarily features chicken fingers, chicken wings, sandwiches, and salads.
Sheriff David Davis heads the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, and his deputies provide law enforcement for both the city and the county.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone with information relating to the woman’s death please call 478-751-7500 and leave a message for the on-call investigator or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME. The investigation is ongoing, and speculation on the circumstances surrounding Blair Chamblee’s death would be premature until more evidence has been processed.
A poster on WMAZ’s Facebook page commented that another young woman around the same age had been discovered dead in her vehicle in the downtown area about a month prior and questioned whether or not the deaths might be related. Police though have made no statements about this.
An in-depth timeline of homicides that have occurred in Macon-Bibb County in 2016 can be found at The Telegraph. The timeline provides the reader with specific events associated with each homicide.
No official statements have been made yet by the victim’s family.
No potential witnesses, if any, have been identified.
More details will be provided as the story develops and information is released by the sheriff’s office.
[Image via Shutterstock]