Man’s body recovered from Lake Lanier after saying he would fish overnight

The body of a man believed to have drowned in Lake Lanier was recovered Monday evening, authorities said.

Benjamin Franklin Jackson, 48, of Lawrenceville, told a friend Sunday evening he was going to go fishing all night, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

A little after 3:45 p.m. Monday, Jackson’s wife called the sheriff’s office to report her husband was missing, and they used geolocation data to find his cellphone in the area of Flowery Branch Park, the release said.

They found Jackson’s pickup truck off the railroad tracks between Bell Drive and Mitchell Street. His fishing equipment and chair were found nearby close to the shore.

Using sonar imaging equipment, deputies and Georgia Department of Natural Resources personnel located Jackson’s body around 6:30 p.m., the release said. He was found in approximately 7.5 feet of water about 20 feet from the shore.

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No signs of foul play were found by investigators, the release said. 

An investigation is ongoing.

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