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Missing boater found in Satilla River

Johnny Mack Carter, 57, missing since January

Johnny Mack Carter.
Johnny Mack Carter.

WARE COUNTY, Ga. – The body of a 57-year-old Florida man who was last seen in January was found Wednesday afternoon in a river, according to the Ware County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies received a 911 call just before 3 p.m. Wednesday from a boater who spotted an apparent body in the Satilla River north of Jamestown Landing.

Rangers from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Ware County deputies used two boats to conduct an initial investigation.

Preliminary findings by law enforcement officers indicated the body is that of Johnny Mack Carter, of Jennings, Florida. Carter was reported missing on the Satilla River Jan. 3, deputies said.

At 4:20 p.m., authorities traveled to the area where Carter's body was found, which was close to where the missing man's boat had been recovered, the Sheriff's Office said.

"The recovery today brings to a tragic close a lengthy and exhaustive search effort for Mr. Carter," said Ware County Sheriff Randy F. Royal. "While this is a sad conclusion, it gives closure to the Carter family."

Deputies said the body was recovered and will be sent to the GBI Crime Lab in Savannah for positive identification and an autopsy.