Man reported missing in Valley found dead in LaGrange

Published 9:19 am Tuesday, January 22, 2019

An 18-year-old man who was reported missing in Valley was found dead in LaGrange Tuesday morning.

The LaGrange Police Department found the body of Malenko Cooley in his vehicle on the 100 block of Spring Street in LaGrange on Tuesday around 12:58 a.m. The LPD received information from family members late Monday that Cooley, who had been reported missing in Valley might be in the area of Mooty Bridge Road near Walmart Road and could be in harm’s way.

According to a LPD press release, the initial investigation revealed that Cooley had been shot in the upper torso and died of his injuries. Lt. Dale Strickland with the LPD said the case is being investigated as a murder.

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Strickland said Cooley was originally from LaGrange but was living in Newnan. He has family in Valley.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the LaGrange Police Department at (706) 883-2603 or to call Troup County Crime Stoppers at (706) 812-1000. Tips may also be submitted to the LaGrange Police Department via Facebook.