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Wednesday June 29th, 2022 11:48AM

Gainesville Police release name of man found dead in Lake Lanier

By AccessWDUN Staff

Authorities have released the name of the man who was found dead in Lake Lanier near Longwood Park on June 23.

Gainesville Police Lt. Kevin Holbrook said the victim was identified as Rocky Joe Hammond, 61, of Gainesville. Holbrook said Hammond died in an accidental drowning.

Original story posted June 23, 2022, at 12:46 p.m.:

The Gainesville Police Department said Thursday afternoon that they had recovered a man's body from Lake Lanier.

The agency said in a social media post that they recovered the man near Pearl Nix Parkway. They believe the man died in an accidental drowning.

Lt. Judd Smith the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said the Hall County Sheriff's Office Dive Team recovered the victim. He said the incident was at a dock and was not boating-related.

The man's identity is being withheld until next of kin is notified.

The body recovery is unrelated to the ongoing search at Lake Knickerbocker.

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