Man found dead in Macon hotel: Coroner hopes to locate family

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MACON, GEORGIA (41NBC/WMGT) – The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a man found dead inside of a hotel.

Macon-Coroner Leon Jones says 55 year old Spencer Craig Corliss was found dead Sunday shortly after 2:00 p.m. inside a room at American Best Value Motel on Romeiser Drive.

Investigators found drug paraphernalia near Corliss’ body. One of the deceased acquaintances called deputies for help but left the scene upon authorities arrival.

Some family members have called the coroner’s office in reference to Corliss’ death, but his body remains in the morgue.

Coroner Jones says it’s extremely important for loved ones to come forward and bury their family members because it’s costing tax payers more money as the bodies remain in the coolers.

“My office is over budget because of incidents like this right here. Now, this gentlemen has an ex-wife, he has two kids. One of the kids in the coast guard. If that young man don’t claim this body, I’m going to have to get a court order and have him cremated,” Jones explains.

An autopsy is pending for the cause of Corliss’ death.

Coroner Jones says there are hundreds of boxes of ashes remaining of unclaimed remains.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!