Bartow Sheriff’s Office has received ‘about 100 calls, emails and messages’ about the man who’s body was found in Allatoona. The investigation continues.

Bartow Sheriff’s Office has received ‘about 100 calls, emails and messages’ about the man who’s body was found in Allatoona. The investigation continues.

Wednesday updates:

At least 100 calls to sheriff’s tip line so far: The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office has received “about 100 calls, emails and messages since the news release” was posted Monday on the attempts to identify a man who’s decomposing remains were found in Allatoona Lake near the Bethany Bridge crossing on Sept. 1, says Sgt. Jonathan Rogers. The victim had been in the lake for approximate three to five days at that time, he adds.

  • The victim is described as a white male, between 55 and 65 years old, approximately 230 pounds and about 5 feet 10 inches tall.
  • Our websites and social media outlets have received several potential leads on who the man might be; we’ve sent them to the sheriff’s office. In each case, it has been an existing missing person’s case from Dawsonville to Carrollton to Gwinnett County.
  • Anyone with information on who this man may be is asked to call the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 770-387-5100 or email tipline@bartow.org.

From the afternoon media briefing by Bartow sheriff’s Sgt. Jonathan Rogers:

PREVIOUSLY

The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office is investigating another bizarre death case. In August, Courtney Dubois’ dismembered body was found at the county landfill in multiple bags. This time, a man’s decomposed body has been found in Allatoona Lake with a gunshot wound to the head, a boat anchor around his waist, leg weights and a backpack filled with rocks and sand.

Tuesday updates:

  • Incredible social media response: Monday afternoon’s initial story has been shared more than 3,500 times from the @Bartowheadlines Facebook page, generating 170-plus comments. Some of those comments include missing persons reports from Carrollton, Dawsonville and other communities as some of the photos appear to resemble the artist’s sketch of the man who’s body was found in Allatoona over the Labor Day weekend.
  • Updates: We’ll have updates from the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office later this morning on those tips and other updates.
  • How to help: The tip line at 770-387-5100 or email tipline@bartow.org

Monday’s first report

Media release: The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office seeks the community’s assistance in identifying a man found deceased in Allatoona Lake in September.

On Saturday, Sept. 1, at 5:40 p.m., Bartow County Sheriff’s Office personnel were dispatched to the Bethany Bridge area of Allatoona Lake in response to a body found floating in the lake. The man was moved to the shore by Bartow County Fire Department rescue boat.

He was identified as a white male, between 55 and 65 years old, approximately 230 pounds, and about 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing a T-shirt and shorts, black swim flippers, and a backpack.

His backpack had rocks and sand inside and he was wearing small ankle weights on both feet as well as having a small boat anchor tied around his waist. He had suffered a gun shot wound to his right temple. No identification or markings were found on his body.

The GBI Medical Examiner performed the autopsy on Sept. 4. Thus far, fingerprint comparisons and facial recognition software have not identified the man. A sketch from the GBI sketch artist is attached of what the man may have looked like prior to his death.

Anyone with information on who this man may be is asked to call the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 770-387-5100 or email tipline@bartow.org.

From the afternoon media briefing by Bartow sheriff’s Sgt. Jonathan Rogers:

The victim did not have identification on him.

There were no distinguishing marks on his body (tattoos, etc.)

A boater alerted a state Department of Natural Resources’ boat and crew to the discover near Bethany Bridge (map below).

Initial reports from Labor Day included the possibility of the case being a suicide but the victim’s body was sent to the GBI crime lab for additional investigation.

Approximate area near where the body was found on Sept. 1 — a busy Saturday on the lake because of Labor Day weekend. Google Map.
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