How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?

7:07 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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Bibb County coroner Leon Jones says in some missing persons cases or deaths, knowing the people who live around you could keep the situation from going from bad to worse.

"Every year here in Macon, we find two or three people dead in houses and apartment complexes, and sometimes they've been dead for several days, sometimes weeks, and I think it's sad. Everybody knows about my compassion for this subject. I believe we need to have more public service announcements to check on your neighbor," says Leon.

Jones says, even if you are not close with your neighbors, simple observations can be help.

"If you know your neighbor is there and you see the mail backing up, the newspaper stacking up, the car hasn't been moved. If you've got a neighbor that usually takes care of his yard, is just a yard freak, and all of a sudden you see weeds this high. You know, this guy is ex military, he's a neat freak, his car hasn't been washed, car has been in the same place several days, call somebody."

If you notice anything suspicious, Jones recommends reaching out to law enforcement.

"Call the authorities, call the police, the sheriff's department and tell them you want to talk with them. You can tell them you want to remain anonymous. Just say, 'I've got a bad feeling about this right here, something's just not right,' and they'll keep your name out of it," says Jones.

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