A child has been found dead after having been reported missing from the Hemlock Trail area of Lumpkin County today, according to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.
The Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office put out an alert of a missing 3-year-old, Charles J. Lewis at 11:45 a.m. The child was last seen wearing black sweatpants and a striped red-and-white shirt.
Charles’ mother placed a call to 911 at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday morning, saying he had left the home.
The search dog units from Hall, White and Forsyth counties along with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources searched the surrounding area for Charles.
Lumpkin and Dawson counties’ emergency services and Georgia State Patrol also aided in the search.
The sheriff’s office located Charles after 1 p.m. in a small pond a quarter-mile from the home. The Forsyth County Dive Team recovered the child’s body.
“The Lumpkin County Coroner responded to the scene and the deceased was transported to the (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) Crime Lab,” wrote Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Wesley Burnett in a statement.