Skeletal remains found 18 months ago in Glynn County near Interstate 95 were identified as Bart Storm MacDonald, a 45-year-old man who was wanted by the law from Jesup to the Florida Panhandle before he shot himself in the head, Glynn County Police Capt. Marissa Tindale said.
MacDonald’s remains were identified through DNA testing at the Center for Human Identification at University of North Texas, Tindale said Thursday afternoon. The remains revealed a gunshot to the head, and police have determined it was self-inflicted suicide, Tindale said.
A resident discovered the skeletal remains on the afternoon of Aug. 7, 2015, in woods behind 473 Picric St. Picric Street in Glynn County, police said at the time. The remains were found about 100 feet west of I-95’s 36A exit ramp, police said.
MacDonald’s last known address was in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. MacDonald was wanted by the Jesup Police Department for robbing the Heritage Bank at 292 Macon St. on Sept. 12, 2014. He also was wanted by the Okaloosa County Florida Sheriff’s Office for fraud, burglary, larceny, vehicle theft, and dealing in stolen property. Fort Walton is located in Okaloosa County.
MacDonald was known to go by the alias of James Preston. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation estimates he had been killed at least nine months to a year before his remains were discovered.
The resident found the remains in the wooded area in recently-mowed grass beneath power lines, police said at the time. Glynn County Police turned the remains over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Savannah after their discovery.
County Police Investigator Sheila Ramos is investigating MacDonald’s death. Police still want to know why MacDonald, who was from Florida, was in Glynn County when he committed suicide, Tindale said.
“What was he doing here?” Tindale said. “We don’t know where staying, if he had friends here, or relatives here. Why was he in Glynn County?”
Anyone with information is asked to Ramos at call 912-279-2917.