Body recovered from water at J.W. Smith Reservoir identified - CBS46 News

Body recovered from water at J.W. Smith Reservoir identified

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CLAYTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Clayton County authorities have recovered a man's body from the water at J.W. Smith Reservoir on North Bridge Road.

They identified the man as Ervin Brown, 66, of Jonesboro, GA.

A witness called officials after he found Brown's pickup truck still running at the boat ramp with his personal items still inside.

Police said Brown's boat was in the water when they arrived, but he was missing.

A search team in a boat used long poles to prod the bottom of the reservoir, while the dive team suited up.

Before the dive team got in the water, the boat crew discovered Brown's body near the boat ramp in water that was about 12-feet deep.

Officials said Brown's drowning was accidental.

They said his boat appears to have gotten away from him and he drowned when he tried to get it.

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