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GBI: Preliminary results show man died from drowning
Alabama man's body pulled from river Friday
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The Chattahoochee River in Helen on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, after heavy rain. - photo by David Barnes

A preliminary autopsy on an Alabama man found in the Chattahoochee River Friday, June 29, indicated drowning, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Gary Phillip Freeman Jr., 42, of Troy Alabama, was pulled from the river after a call to the White County 911 center.

The GBI released the preliminary autopsy information Monday, July 2, adding that additional testing would be “required for a final ruling.”

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

Compiled by Nick Watson and Layne Saliba

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