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Missing man mystery remains unsolved
Experts unable to determine cause of death
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Forsyth County News
It may never be known what caused the death of a 31-year-old Forsyth County man whose badly decomposed body was found last month in a remote area of Cherokee County.
The exact cause of Michael Brian Benson's death has been ruled undetermined.
Benson, who disappeared May 2, was found May 15 in a wooded area on Avery Estates Drive in Cherokee County. He was about a half mile from Hog Farm Circle, where authorities found the truck he was driving May 3.
Sgt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, said Thursday that Benson's body has been "thoroughly examined by Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab anthropologists and medical examiner."
"There is no evidence of trauma to his body and at this time the cause and manner of his death is undetermined," Baker said.
Benson had not been seen since the morning of May 2, when he left for work. Authorities said he was expected at a construction site in Cherokee County that day, but never showed up.
Authorities originally suspected foul play, but later said there was no evidence indicating how Benson died. His body was sent to the GBI crime lab in Atlanta for identification and forensic examination.
Benson had epilepsy. His fiancee, Natasha Lohman, has previously said he did not have his medication with him when he disappeared.
Lohman could not be reached for comment Friday.
A memorial service for Benson was scheduled for Saturday in the chapel at McDonald and Son Funeral Home.
In addition to Lohman, other survivors include a daughter; his parents, Mike and Debbie Benson of Cumming and Karen Nicholson of North Carolina; sister, Amy Johnson of Cumming; and three other siblings.
The family has asked that memorial donations be made to The Epilepsy Foundation or Gideons International.