How to watch
“Gone in Georgia: A Disappeared Special”
9 p.m. Sunday
The monthlong search for a missing Buford man is the subject of an Investigation Discovery special to air on Sunday.
The feature, “Gone in Georgia: A Disappeared Special,” profiles the hunt for Kelly Nash, 25, who disappeared Jan. 5 from his Jimmy Dodd Road home in Buford.
“What was really compelling was sort of the circumstances around his case, his history, who he was,” said series producer Lorna Thomas. “The idea of this sort of all-American guy who had no history of trouble disappeared seemingly in the wee hours of the morning or in the night.”
Nash played varsity basketball all four years at Lakeview Academy in Gainesville. Faculty members and alumni assisted in the search.
Nash was found on Feb. 8 in Lake Lanier after an exhaustive search by Nash’s family and friends. The special, airing 9 p.m. Sunday on Investigation Discovery, features interviews with the family and investigators invested in the case.
“The main takeaway is for families,” Thomas said. “Families should never give up on their missing loved ones. I think being persistent really pays off in terms of getting information.”
The Nash family raised the reward for information to $50,000 during the search, hoping to get anyone to speak out regarding Kelly Nash’s disappearance.
While covering wide swaths of land around Nash’s Buford home, search dog handler Tracy Sargent took her dogs to different docks around Lake Lanier days after his disappearance. The cadaver dogs all responded to one dock, where Nash was later found floating in that general area by a fisherman.
According to a statement obtained by NBC News’ Peacock Productions, Nash “died as a result of a gunshot wound and subsequent drowning.” The statement appears at the end of the special.
Investigation Discovery officials told The Times that the statement was given exclusively to the production company and Investigation Discovery.
“We can confirm that the update at the end of the show came from a statement issued exclusively to NBC News’ Peacock Productions and Investigation Discovery from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office,” wrote publicist Charlotte Bigford in an email.
When The Times called to confirm the statement received by Investigation Discovery, Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Chad Mann said there is no official statement on Nash’s death at this time.
“I don’t know who would have given that statement, but I was told it didn’t come from us and they don’t know where it came from,” Mann said, adding he had spoken with the investigative division of the sheriff’s office Thursday.
Nash disappeared from his home without his cellphone, wallet or truck. A 9 mm handgun and a single clip were missing from the home.