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May 31, 2014

DNR finds body in lake

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is currently investigating a boating incident regarding a dead body found in Lake Sinclair.

According to Cpl. Lynn Stanford, DNR officials were contacted sometime between 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday night about a missing boater.

"A family member called and said that a relative of theirs went fishing and hasn't returned," Stanford said.

The victim's family owns a lake house that's located near Hancock County waters, he added.

DNR officers, along with assistance from Putnam County Sheriff's Office deputies, searched for the missing man in the lake area he was often known to fish.

Officials located the boat, and it appeared as if it had been in a boating accident.

Law enforcement secured the vessel, and a search for the man's body ensued.

At approximately 2:40 a.m., the deceased body of Grady Zeigler, 65, was found in an area of the lake nearby the location of the boat.

DNR investigators have been working to reconstruct the accident.

"We spent close to five hours today trying to reconstruct what happened and determine a preliminary cause of death," Stanford said.

Thus far, investigators believe the incident took place during daylight hours and that the vessel struck a dock on the lake.

"We won't know until autopsy results come back whether he died as a result of the accident or if he died before entering the water," he said.

The investigation is ongoing as officials continue to determine the cause of death.

 

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