Body pulled out of Chattahoochee River - WRBL

Body pulled out of Chattahoochee River

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Boat Ramp at Rotary Park Boat Ramp at Rotary Park
Oxbow Meadows, Near Where the Body was Reported Oxbow Meadows, Near Where the Body was Reported

A man's body was pulled from Chattahoochee River Sunday afternoon, according to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.

The Columbus Fire & EMS Rescue crew arrived at Rotary Park around 12:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon after receiving a call about a body caught in some bushes in the river near Oxbow Meadows. They took a boat out on Rotary Park, where the nearest boat ramp is, and they pulled the body out of the river and took it back to boat ramp around 2 p.m.

Chief Deputy Coroner Freeman Worley pronounced the man dead at 2:10 p.m.

Worley says the man was wearing a black pullover shirt and blue shorts, which Worley said might have been swimming trunks.

Bryan says, at this time, it appears this is the same person that was reported to have drowned a couple weeks ago. During the night of Aug. 12, a witness reported hearing cries for help and seeing what appeared to be a head floating in the river. Officials searched the river but said it may have been a basketball that was floating in the water and called off the search. 

"It fits the time frame," says Worley. "We don't know if it's for sure the same person, but the time frame is the same."

The person's identity has not been released and it appears the body has been in the river for more than a week. The body was in very poor condition, according to Worley.

An autopsy is planned Monday morning. This is an on-going investigation. 

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