The Richmond County coroner is asking the family of a recently deceased man to come forward and claim his body.
Edward P. Winter, 63, was found dead Wednesday on the wheelchair ramp of his apartment building at 1739 McNally St., according to Coroner Grover Tuten.
A neighbor saw Winter, who had lung cancer, vomiting blood on the ramp as he was trying to get out of his apartment. When an ambulance arrived, Winter was pronounced dead, Tuten said.
Tuten said a relative made contact with his office after the death but provided a nonworking telephone number and has not returned to claim the body. Winter’s unclaimed body is one of three the coroner’s office is holding.
“It’s a common occurrence locally,” Tuten said.
Tuten asks that anyone related to Winter call his office at (706) 821-2382 to make arrangements.