Update: Authorities recover body of missing Bulloch County duck hunter

Crime & Safety

The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office reports the body of the 61-year-old man was recovered earlier today (1/23/19) by DNR rangers. They located him in Tillman Pond/Lake Debra after spotting camouflage clothing under the surface of the water. We’re told at this time, there are no signs of foul play, but an autopsy will be performed in Savannah to determine the cause of his death. Officials are withholding the name of the man until the family is able to notify other members.

BULLOCH COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – Authorities in Bulloch County entered into their third day of search effforts Tuesday,  continuing to search for a missing man who was duck hunting near Kennedy Pond this weekend.

According to the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, a 61-year-old unidentified man left his Tillman Pond Road home around 4:30 p.m. Saturday to go hunting. 

The next day, the man was reported missing to the sheriff’s office around 11:30 a.m. and authorities immediately began searching for him.

 The Kennedy Pond/Lake Debra area is located off of Highway 46 at Sinkhole Road.

Multiple agencies are responding, including the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, the dive team from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and rangers from the Department of Natural Resources.

On Tuesday, teams could  be seen searching the  approximately 400 acre pond. Capt. Todd Hutchens with the Bulloch County Sheriff’s office said the make up of the lake is making the search difficult. 

“There are different depths in this lake. It can go from two feet to 10, 12, 15 feet. There are channels that run through it, and the main issue that’s causing us problems right now is we do not have a point of entry where this gentleman exactly went missing from,” Hutchens explained. 

Hutchens also added, “the vision on  the divers is very very short. I mean a foot or two. They can’t even see because of so much undergrowth.” 

So far only the mans boat has been recovered. If you’re thinking that the missing man’s body would be found somewhere near where the boat was, Hutchens said  that wouldn’t  necessarilybe the case, since bad weather has also hampered  the search.

“All the weather conditions on Saturday evening into Sunday when we were notified it was a storm that came through very high winds, a lot of rain…therfore the boat that we did recover could have changed locations multiple times during those hours,” Hutchens said. 

Hutchens also explained “the water temperature here is somewhere between 45 and 50 degrees. Depending on if you’re checking the temperature on the surface or underneath, that has a lot of effect on a human that could be submerged in the water.”

The Sheriff’s Office said the search will continue for the missing hunter. Anyone with information on this missing person case,  is urged to contact Investigator Pre Cone at 912-764-8888.

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