A woman's body was found by a fisherman Friday afternoon near Lake Lanier. Police said the body was "badly decomposed." GBI is investigating.
Photo: Photo submitted by Ben Hendren
Photo: Photo submitted by Ben Hendren

Woman’s decomposed body found near Lake Lanier, Forsyth sheriff says

The body of a woman was found near Lake Lanier on Friday, according to a spokesperson from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said that a fisherman discovered the body just before noon near Bethel Park “partially in the water and partially on the beach.” The body appeared to be a female and was “badly decomposed.” 

Area boaters called 911 and, upon arrival, personnel from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department recovered the body, police said.


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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab was called in to assist in the investigation. The woman’s remains were taken to the GBI lab in Decatur where authorities will try to determine an identity.

A spokesperson for the law enforcement division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Police did not say how long the body had been near the lake or what the woman’s likely cause of death was.

Ben Hendren, 20, of South Forsyth, is a freelance photographer and “heard the scanner going crazy” around noon on Friday. He raced over to the park and snapped a photo of authorities handling the incident before the coroner arrived.

A Forsyth Sheriff’s spokesperson said they hope to have lab results by early next week.


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