Body pulled from floodwaters identified - CBS46 News

Body pulled from floodwaters identified

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GORDON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Gordon County authorities recovered a body in flood waters near Plainville Saturday at about 2:30 p.m.

The body was identified as Jeffrey Couch, 50, of 2001 Riverbend Rd. in Plainville. It is believed he tried to evade deputies on May 7, according to Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston.

Late Tuesday, deputies attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle for a traffic violation. The driver of the truck led authorities on a pursuit to Thomas Bluff Road where the truck traveled into impassable floodwaters. Deputies captured the passenger. The driver submerged himself into the dark floodwaters and swam away. The passenger gave a name of the driver to deputies. However, that name ended up being false.

Fire and rescue crews searched the waters for several hours, but did not find the missing driver.

Late Friday night, a person identified herself as the sister of the missing driver. Investigators spoke with the family Saturday morning and got a description of the missing driver.

With the information, Gordon County authorities along with Georgia Department of Natural Resources initiated an air and water search. They located Couch's body that afternoon.

Gordon County stated in a press release that officers believe that Couch was in fact the driver of the truck Tuesday night. It is not known why he fled other than to evade deputies.

Couch's body has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations crime lab for an autopsy.

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