Body Found in Lake Hartwell Identified

A press release from the Hart County Sheriff’s Office says the body found floating in Lake Hartwell on Nov. 27 has been identified.

According to the release, the victim is 23-year-old Alex Dunne of Athens. The release also states Dunn is a drowning victim and the department still maintains no foul play is suspected at this time.

The body has been taken to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy.

ORIGINAL STORY

The Hart County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are attempting to identify a body recovered from Lake Hartwell on Tuesday afternoon.

The body is a relatively young male, but had no ID on him, said Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland. A press release from Sheriff Cleveland states the body has an initial identification. Cleveland said once a definitive identification has been made more information will be released.

“Yesterday around three or four o’clock we got a call. A fisherman had seen what he thought was a body and it did in fact turn out to be a body floating. It was in the Powderbag area of the lake off of Old 29,” said Cleveland.

The body was recovered and the area was cordoned off to allow law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation. The investigation at the site took a number of hours, according to Cleveland.

“It took way into the night. We processed it as a crime scene whether it was or not. Right now we do not have any reason to believe foul play was involved but we do have an unidentified body belonging to a white in color person, 25-35 years old, 140-150 pounds, somewhere around 5-10 to six foot tall, long hair on the head and a short scruffy beard, red in color,” said Cleveland.

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