“One of the family members saw that the victim was in distress and attempted a rescue, while another bystander also attempted to assist with a throwable flotation device,” Wilbanks said. Both were unsuccessful, he said. Whitehead slipped underwater, and did not resurface.
Hall fire service divers arrived and searched for Whitehead, but could not find him. They turned the search over to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, who used sonar equipment to search the lake.
Whitehead’s body was found about 10:45 p.m. Saturday, and was pulled from the water within an hour. He was taken to the medical examiner for an autopsy.
This case remains under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.