Man drowned in Lake Lanier identified

The 33-year-old Atlanta man who drowned Sunday afternoon in Lake Lanier has been identified as Lindy James Murdock, authorities said.

Forsyth County sheriff’s spokeswoman Karleen Chalker said Monday morning that while Murdock’s drowning is still under investigation, “at this time the death appears to be accidental.”

There were conflicting reports indicating he was either swimming with a float or diving off the back of a boat when he went under about 3 p.m. and did not resurface, authorities said.

Murdock’s body was recovered late Sunday near Vann Tavern Park after about a 45-minute search by dive teams from Forsyth and Hall counties.