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Fisherman’s body found in Lake Lanier in apparent drowning
Lake Lanier

The body of a Lawrenceville man, who reportedly told his friend he had planned to “go fishing all night,” was discovered Monday, Nov. 5, in Lake Lanier, Hall County and Department of Natural Resources authorities said.

Benjamin Franklin Jackson, 48, told a friend Sunday, Nov. 4, about his fishing plans.

By 3:50 p.m. Monday, Jackson’s wife reported him missing and used his cellphone’s geolocation data to find the device near Flowery Branch Park off of Mitchell Street.

With help from another person, she found his “pickup truck off of the railroad tracks between Bell Drive and Mitchell Street. His fishing equipment and chair were nearby and close to the shore,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth wrote in a news release.

Jackson’s body was found roughly 20 feet from the shore three hours after his wife called authorities.

“The preliminary investigation found no signs of foul play in what appears to be an accidental drowning,” Booth said.

Jackson’s body was transported to the medical examiner’s office for autopsy, and the case is still under investigation by Hall County authorities.