Officials ID man recovered from Lake Lanier

Credit: File photo

Credit: File photo

The body of a man was pulled out of Lake Lanier on Saturday, authorities said.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources closed off Bolding Mill Park at about 10 a.m. due to the investigation. By about 12:30 p.m., the body of 61-year-old Timothy Cline Thomas of Gainesville was recovered from the lake, the sheriff’s office said.

Family members had asked the sheriff’s office to perform a wellness check on Thomas earlier that morning after he sent them texts threatening to harm himself, according to authorities. Deputies searched an area near Thomas’ home and found his vehicle around 7:45 a.m. near the gate for the park’s boat ramp, the sheriff’s office said. Believing Thomas might be in the water, authorities conducted a search of the lake and found his body a short distance from the ramp.

An autopsy will be performed. It does not appear foul play was involved, the sheriff’s office said.

The park is in the western part of Hall County and near the northwest part of the lake.