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Man's body found at lake

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Investigators with the Hall County Sheriff's Office are awaiting autopsy results and positive identification of a body found Wednesday just off the shore of Lake Lanier in northwestern Hall.

The body was found about 1 p.m. off Chestatee Road as investigators were searching for a Dawsonville man reported missing more than a month ago, said Maj. Jeff Strickland of the Sheriff's Office.

The body had not been positively identified Wednesday and it could not be determined if it was that of the missing Dawsonville man, Strickland said.

Authorities would not release the name of the missing man, pending identification of the body and notification of family.

The man's body was sent to the DeKalb County Medical Examiner's office for an autopsy and identification Wednesday, Strickland said.

Investigators were looking into a missing person case involving the Dawsonville man, who was reported missing Feb. 2, when they came upon the body Wednesday.

Strickland said the missing Dawsonville man was last seen at a friend's house in Hall County. The man's vehicle was found Jan. 28, abandoned after a one-vehicle wreck on Cool Springs Road.

Investigators were not able to find the man during several ground and air searches near the wreck site, Strickland said. The body was a few miles from where the wreck happened.

Dawson County Sheriff's Sgt. Tony Wooten said Wednesday he had not been notified of the missing Dawsonville man.

Contact: mstewart@gainesvilletimes.com, (770) 718-3432

Originally published Thursday, March 9, 2006

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