The human remains found in Macon on Thursday have been identified as a Macon father who has been missing since June 18.
He is Emmanuel Stroud Sr., 57, according to Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones. He was shot once in the left side, Jones said.
On Father’s Day, Stroud was in his mother’s kitchen cooking dinner when he told her to keep any eye on the food. He said he would be right back.
“I didn’t think nothing else about it, and I came to the door and he was gone,” his mother, Carrie Matthews, said.
Stroud never came back to her house.
“He came here every day, and so that day passed by, the next day passed by, he didn’t come, and the next day came by, he still didn’t show up,” Matthews said.
Stroud's daughter reported him missing to Bibb County authorities last month, saying his family hasn't heard from him.
"It's been hard, its been really stressful," Stroud's daughter Emansia Stroud said.
She said she was shocked when she found out a crew working on power lines at a home in the 3500 block of Clark Street off of Bloomfield Drive found Stroud's remains.
“He would always try to help people, so that was the odd thing about it,” Stroud said. “Who would do something so horrible to somebody?”
She says her father had many hobbies, from coaching basketball and baseball to whipping things up in the kitchen
“He loved to cook -- he was good at cooking, he would always season the food good,” Stroud said.
Now his family says their faith in God is the only thing that will help them move on with their lives
“Pray, keep faith in God, and just take it one day at a time,” Stroud said.
Anybody with information on the case can call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.