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Body of burglary suspect found in north Forsyth
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NORTHEAST FORSYTH — The body of a Forsyth man who was reportedly in the process of committing a burglary in northeast Forsyth County on Saturday morning was found near the scene, authorities said.

A person not involved with the incident called 911 about 7 a.m., according to Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, alerting deputies to the body — identified as 42-year-old Joseph Pollard — near a home by Browns Bridge and Little Mill roads.

Pollard, who was pronounced dead at the scene, is thought to have died during the unsuccessful burglary, Rodriguez said.

“There was nothing to lead us to believe from what we found on scene that foul play was involved,” he said.

An official cause of death is pending an autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Investigators with the sheriff’s office believe Jeffery Chester, a 51-year-old man from Cumming, was with Pollard when he died and that they were attempting the home burglary together.

Chester apparently ran from the scene, but returned and was arrested for burglary. He posted a $16,610 bond later the same day and was released from the Forsyth County Detention Center.