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Update: Authorities identify body found in Lake Lanier at War Hill Park
Lake Lanier

Update: Authorities have identified the man found in Lake Lanier at War Hill Park on Friday.

Officials said they believe Melvin John Warnecke, 78, of Dawsonville, accidentally drowned after possibly suffering from a medical issue.

Previous story: The Forsyth County Coroner said the cause of a death of a man found in Lake Lanier at War Hill Park on Friday remains under investigation. 

Dawson County officials had said the man drowned, but the coroner said the cause remains under investigation. 

Forsyth County Fire PIO Jason Shivers said their crews found the man in shallow water.

“Upon arrival of the first engine company, a single firefighter waded into the water and brought the body to the shore from approximately twenty feet out," Shivers said. "The individual was obviously deceased.  From that point, it became a law enforcement matter.  We respectfully covered the body and were released by law enforcement shortly thereafter."

Lake Lanier is one of the most visited lakes with 12 million enjoying its waters annually. It's also the site of several drownings each year. 

Previous story: A drowning was reported in Lake Lanier at War Hill Park in Dawson County on Friday, Dawson County officials said.

Dawson County government officials said in a news release on Sunday that a body was found at War Hill Park on Friday, May 12 and the “case has been confirmed as a drowning and is being handled by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner.”

The identity of the victim and details of the incident have not been released, the release said. 

This article was originally published in the Forsyth County News, a sister publication of The Times.