Released by Capt . John Ratfield with Cherokee County Sheriff's Office:
Cherokee County Sheriff's Dept Detective Lee received a phone call from a family member at approximately 2:00pm this afternoon (11/17/10). He advised Det. Lee that his uncle (Steven's brother) had located the car in the woods approximately 5 miles south of Troup on Hwy-110.
Det. Lee and other Investigators from the department met with family members at the location where it was discovered that Steven Dowdy was inside the vehicle, and most likely had been there since Thursday or early Friday morning.
Investigators processed the scene, Justice of the Peace Teresa Phifer pronounced Dowdy at the scene, and he was transported to Southwest Institute of Forensic Science (SWIFS) in Garland for autopsy.