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Man found dead in truck

TUSKEGEE (AP) — A Phenix City man was found dead sitting behind the wheel of his pickup at a rest stop in Macon County the day after a woman's body was found in a nearby wooded area.

Authorities said the deaths were unrelated and that the man's death appeared to be from natural causes. Both deaths remain under investigation by county and state forensic authorities.

Macon County Coroner Hal Bentley said Agustus Stevens Tucker, 58, was pronounced dead about 11 a.m. Sunday.

"He died in the driver's seat with his head back on the seat," Bentley said.

He said Tucker had a medical history of being a diabetic, and that it appeared his death was because of health complications. Tucker's body has been transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.

Macon County Sheriff David Warren also said an autopsy was performed Sunday on the body of Holly Frances Jones, 37, and that a toxicology screening would follow. Warren did not announce a cause of death and said her death was still under investigation.

The body was found by a bird hunter about 11:30 a.m. Saturday off county road 57. Bentley estimated she had been dead several days.

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