Search suspended for possible Chattahoochee drowning victim - WRBL

Search suspended for possible Chattahoochee drowning victim

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Authorities have suspended a search for a possible drowning victim in the Chattahoochee River due to a lack of evidence.

"We just do not have enough information to continue the search," Fire Marshall Chief Ricky Shores says.

Both the Columbus and Phenix City fire departments responded to the river near the 13th Street Bridge after a witness reported hearing cries for help around 9 p.m. Authorities searched the water for about two hours before initially suspending the search. They returned Tuesday morning again only to suspend the search around 9 a.m.

"Based on the river conditions last night, if someone was drowning they could be way down range," Shores says while explaining the river height was more than what is considered "high flow."

Investigators again interviewed the witness this morning. Assistant Chief Robert Futrell tells our media partner the Ledger-Enquirer the witness may have mistaken an object, such as a basketball, for the head of a possible victim.

Shores says no one has come forward claiming to have been in the river last night. He also says no one has been reported missing.

The search will remain suspended unless investigators learn of a new reason to return to the river.

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