The North Oconee River in Athens
By Joe Johnson
Authorities on Tuesday were trying to identify a man whose body was found four days earlier in the North Oconee River in east Athens.
The body was spotted Friday afternoon by a man who was fishing, and it was recovered by county firefighters.
According to a police report, the body was that of a middle age white male who was either bald or had a receding hairline and had medium length beard.
The body had been hung up on a tree, and county Coroner Sonny Wilson said that judging from the body’s condition, he surmised that it had once been on the river’s bottom and was exposed to where it could be seen when the water level went down.
Wilson said that he was awaiting photographs of the body from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s State Crime Lab, where mud was removed.
"We’ll show the pictures around the neighborhood, and maybe someone will recognize him,” the coroner said.