William Albert Woodward, a Toombs County resident, was found dead beneath the rim of Tallulah Gorge on Thursday.
Photo: Rabun County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Rabun County Sheriff's Office

BREAKING: Body of missing man recovered from Tallulah Gorge

The body of a man who disappeared last week from Tallulah Falls was found Thursday night beneath the rim of Tallulah Gorge, authorities said. 

William Albert Woodward, a 36-year-old southeast Georgia resident, was first reported missing Aug. 16, according to the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office. He was with a friend, Mitchell Morgan, who was found two days later near Tugalo Dam.

On Thursday, search teams found Woodward’s remains, a Rabun sheriff’s spokesman said.

MORE: Another search underway in Tallulah Gorge

Multiple agencies were involved in the weeklong search in and around Tallulah Gorge State Park, which is about 95 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

“Since (he was) reported missing, local law enforcement along with Rabun County Search and Rescue and multiple other agencies aggressively continued to search the state park property that consists of 2,739 acres, and other private properties adjoining the state park,” the spokesman said in a statement. 

The body has been turned over to the Rabun County coroner, and the GBI is expected to perform an autopsy.

Woodward disappeared less than two weeks after two people were rescued from Tallulah Gorge on Aug. 11. 

 RELATED: 2 rescued, 3 crew members treated after weekend emergency at Tallulah Gorge 

One person was injured from a “substantial fall” at Panther Creek at the Waterfalls, Habersham County Emergency Services director Chad Black said. The Department of Natural Resources helped fly the patient to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

Another patient was evaluated for heat and exposure.

Three emergency crew members were treated after the incident as well. Two were evaluated for heat exposure and another was flown by helicopter to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for unspecified reasons. 

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Investigators said the incident is taking place along Williamsburg Lane.