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Probe continues into death of dog found hanging from tree at north Forsyth lakeside park
Jezabelle - photo by For the FCN

NORTHEAST FORSYTH — The investigation continues into the death of a female boxer mix found hanging from a fallen tree in a park on Lake Lanier in northeast Forsyth, with authorities asking anyone with information to come forward.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s investigators and members of the agency’s animal control unit are following leads.

In addition, they are awaiting the results of a necropsy that was scheduled to be performed Monday, said Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the agency.

As of Wednesday, the 2-year-old dog’s owners — Courtney Thompson and Steven Blackstone — said they had not heard anything new.

They previously have said Jezabelle — whose third birthday would have been Nov. 29 — went missing Nov. 20 from their home near Bethel Park. They posted notices on social media pages in search of her.

A deputy contacted them the next day, asking them to come into the sheriff’s office to identify what could possibly be their pet.

Hikers along a trail in the park off Swiss Air Road reportedly came across a deceased dog hanging by a rope around its neck from a fallen tree. They made the discovery about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Forthcoming results from the necropsy should shed light on whether the dog was killed by hanging or whether she was already dead and then hung up.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (770) 781-2222 and ask for Deputy Barger.