Missing 80-year-old found dead; dog found alive

The body of an 80-year-old man reported missing May 11 was found today in Douglas County, according to police.

The body of Jimmy Aaron Wilkerson, of Carroll County, was found adjacent to a logging road and power line, Capt. Jeff Richards with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said. Wilkerson’s truck was located late Monday night in a small creek, Richards told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“It was just soft, murky, mud,” Richards said of the area where the truck was found.

Investigators from both Douglas and Carroll counties returned today with police dogs, who led police to the man’s body. There were no initial signs of foul play. Wilkerson’s remains were taken to the GBI Crime Lab for further evaluation.

Police believe Wilkerson’s truck may have gotten stuck, prompting him to get out and walk, Richards said. He only made it a few hundred yards, according to police.

Wilkerson was last seen on Mother's Day with his small, white Maltese dog at Little Vine Church Road in Villa Rica, police previously said. Investigators said he was seen leaving in a grey 1982 Chevrolet S-10 pickup with a camper shell, The AJC previously reported.

Wilkerson dog was found just a few feet away, Richards said. The dog had been bitten and needed medical attention, but was otherwise fine, Richards said.