SAVANNAH, GA (January 2, 2016): Violent Crimes detectives of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department have initiated an investigation into the suspicious death of Dewane Rice, 19, whose body was found inside of an abandoned house on 700 block of East Bolton Street Friday evening.

Rice is homeless, and was last seen on Dec. 24. Friday, at about 5:06 p.m., Metro officers found Rice during a welfare check at the Bolton Street residence. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations Crime Lab will conduct an autopsy next Monday to determine the cause of death. This investigation continues.

Metro’s Violent Crimes detectives, Patrol Division and  Forensics Unit responded to the scene. The Chatham County Coroner also responded.

Anyone with information on this case should call CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

A confidential tip line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.