Kelly Marshall death ruled a homicide

Flowers and balloons were placed as a makeshift memorial in August for Kelly Marshall, whose body was found under a bridge at the Mt. Tabor Road kayak access point on the Yellow River on Aug. 12. According to Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis, the cause of death has been determined to be asphyxia and the manner of death homicide. (Staff Photo: Larry Stanford)

OXFORD - The death of 27-year-old Kelly Marshall of Oxford, whose body was found under a bridge near the Yellow River on Aug. 12, has been determined to be homicide, according to Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis. The cause of death has been determined to be asphyxia.

Kayakers putting their boats in the Yellow River at the Mt. Tabor Road access point on discovered the body of a female under the bridge on land near the water. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as Marshall.

Reportedly, the area where she was found is a popular hangout spot for Marshall’s boyfriend, who was allegedly with her the night before she was found. The boyfriend has not been named as a suspect or a person of interest.

Following Marshall’s death, several Newton County commissioners visited the site with County Manager Lloyd Kerr and determined that a fence should be installed under the bridge to discourage people from using the spot as a hangout. Newton County spokesman Bryan Fazio said Monday that the fencing has been installed.

The circumstances surrounding Marshall’s death are still under investigation by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact Investigator Brent Morrison at 678-625-1442. You can also provide information by contacting the anonymous TIP Line at 678-625-5007 or newtonsheriffga.org where you can remain anonymous.

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I've worked in community newspapers for 30 years, including Editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus from 1993-1999. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016. Started as Senior Reporter at the Jackson Progress-Argus in December 2019.

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