Brookhaven man found dead at bottom of Tallulah Gorge

William Lang Pottle's body was found at the bottom of Tallulah Gorge on Friday night.

Credit: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

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William Lang Pottle's body was found at the bottom of Tallulah Gorge on Friday night.

Credit: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

A Brookhaven man was found dead Friday night at the bottom of Tallulah Gorge, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said.

William Lang Pottle, 39, was found about 150 feet from the top of an overlook at the state park in northeast Georgia, agency spokesman Mark McKinnon said. The search was prompted after Georgia DNR game wardens got a call around 9:30 p.m. regarding a missing hiker. Pottle’s car was found in the parking lot of the park’s Interpretative Center.

Rabun County Search and Rescue along with park staff began the search along the gorge rim trails but did not find Pottle, McKinnon said. Shortly after 11 p.m., Rabun SAR searched into the gorge with a drone and found Pottle dead at the bottom, he added.

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Authorities recovered the body of William Lang Pottle on Saturday morning.

Credit: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Authorities recovered the body of William Lang Pottle on Saturday morning.

Credit: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

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Authorities recovered the body of William Lang Pottle on Saturday morning.

Credit: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Credit: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Due to the darkness and poor weather conditions, the operation to recover the body was halted until the following morning, McKinnon said. It resumed at 7 a.m. Saturday and Pottle’s body was successfully recovered by 11 a.m.

McKinnon did not say how Pottle got to the bottom of the gorge and said the investigation is active. Pottle’s body was turned over to the Rabun County Coroner’s Office.

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