Woman’s body found in Lake Lanier by golfers ID’d

A woman’s body was found Friday morning near the shore of Lake Lanier on the south end of Hall County, officials said in a news release. 

Deputies received a call about 10:45 a.m. after golfers discovered the body in water off one of the course’s fairways at Lake Lanier Islands, Hall County sheriff’s office spokesman Derreck Booth said in the release. It was in the vicinity of Legacy and Villa lanes, according to the sheriff’s office.

Authorities identified the woman as Tonja Hall, 53, of McDonough. A preliminary investigation indicates she had not been in the water long, officials said.

Hall’s car was found parked in the same area. Her belongings, including her ID and phone, were in the car, Booth said. An employee at the resort noticed Hall’s car as early as 6 a.m. in the same spot. 

Detectives said there is no indication of foul play. An autopsy is pending as the case remains under investigation, Booth said. 

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