Stacy Culverson is a regular visitor to the Chattahoochee River, but a string of deaths associated with the river has Culverson and others like him concerned about their safety.
In a little more than a week, local, state and federal authorities have discovered three bodies on or around the river.
"Until last week when I heard that first report, I had never gotten nervous. That element hasn't been prevalent in this area at all that I know of, so it is kind or shocking," said Culverson.
Gee Hang, 56, of Johns Creek, was the first victim. On May 3, he was pulled from the river near Abbotts Bridge and State Bridge. On May 5, 34-year-old Perfecto Ochoa Alvarado was found in the river in Austell. On Sunday, police said 20-year-old Markiesha Taylor was found on the banks of the Chattahoochee at Vickery Creek Park. Taylor's death hasn't been determined yet, but investigators believe Hang drowned, but they are treating Alvarado's death as a homicide. Detectives believe his body was dumped at the river as much as two weeks before it was discovered.
"I am definitely taken back by that for sure. That should never be the case, especially with all the park rangers and stuff we have here throughout the park, at all times. Really I am surprised something like could happen," said Troy Richmond, a Shoot the Hooch employee.
Despite the deaths, Culverson said he won't stop going to the river.
"No, it does not change anything for me. It does not change anything at all," said Culverson.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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