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Body Of Missing Georgia Contractor Found Wrapped In Rug After He Vanished During Business Trip

Nathan Millard was last seen alive at Happy's Irish Pub in downtown Baton Rouge after a bartender cut him off on Feb. 22. A passerby discovered his severely-decomposed corpse wrapped in a rug in the early hours of March 6.

By Christina Coulter
Missing Dad Nathan Millard

The corpse of a Georgia man who went missing on a business trip last month was found severely decomposed and wrapped in plastic inside a rug in Louisiana this week, police said. 

Nathan Millard of Covington, 42, was found by a passerby at 3:34 am on March 6 in a vacant lot along Scenic Highway, according to a press release from the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Police say that there's no evidence of foul play in Millard's death. They add that an autopsy will determine the cause of death, according to the department's press release.

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However, preliminary autopsy results from the East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office released Tuesday showed that Millard had not been beaten or struck with an object, according to reporting by ABC affiliate WBRZ.

"At this time, we don't have any indication that there was any foul play involved. We are looking into how he ended up where he was," Baton Rouge Police Department Lt. Kevin Heinz said during a news conference on Tuesday.

Missing Dad Nathan Millard

Millard, who was a father of five and worked as the Director of Construction at a company called Advanced Construction, according to The Sun, was last seen in person with a client at Happy's Irish Pub in downtown Baton Rouge around 11:30 pm on Feb. 22. Heinz said that he had been cut off by bartenders there because he had too much to drink, and planned to return to his hotel in downtown Baton Rouge.

Later, Millard's phone and wallet were recovered several blocks away. Last week, police said, a homeless person trying to use Millard's credit card at a Greyhound bus station was questioned and later released. 

Surveillance footage captured Millard leaving the hotel the night he was last seen alive, police said at the press conference, but not returning. About an hour after he left the bar, police said he had an encounter with a security guard at a Greyhound bus station who offered to get him a ride.

"The security guard offered to call him a ride, get him an Uber, to the call the police for him," Lt. Heinz said. "He didn't appear to be in distress. She just felt as though he was out of place. He declined that offer, and he left of his own accord."

Over the next several hours, police said, Millard was captured near several businesses, with the last footage of him recorded around 4:30 a.m. Heinz noted that he did not appear to be in any kind of "distress" at any point in any of the captured video.

"It did not appear that there was anything taking place criminally," he said.

Autopsy results will determine whether drugs played a role in his death, Heinz told reporters. The lieutenant said Millard likely died before he was moved to the vacant lot where his body was discovered.

"If something happened and there was a moment of panic, come forward," Heinz said. "We just want to know what happened to him."