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Alabama man’s body pulled from Chattahoochee River in Helen
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The Chattahoochee River in Helen on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, after heavy rain. - photo by David Barnes

A man was found dead in the Chattahoochee River in Helen on Friday, June 29, after a call came in to the White County 911 center around 10:30 a.m.

The man was pulled from the river and was later identified as Gary Phillip Freeman Jr., 42, of Troy, Alabama, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reported.

The GBI was called in to assist the Helen Police Department. Authorities believe Freeman was there visiting Helen.

Freeman was found submerged in the river by a tourist in the area near Brucken Strasse, a road in Helen that crosses the river at two points, the GBI said in a news release.

An autopsy will be conducted by the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office on Saturday, June 30.