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Body found in Flint River may solve Albany missing person case

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) - New information tonight on a story we first broke on WALB News 10's First news at 5.

Police think the body found by two fishermen on the Flint River Wednesday afternoon is 52-year-old Willie Haggins, a man reported missing to Albany Police Tuesday. Investigators are not sure why the man was at the river, or how he died.

Around 7 o'clock Wednesday evening an ambulance left the Flint River boat ramp off Radium Springs Road with man's body inside.

"At about 4:25pm Albany police and fire responded to a call. Two fisherman observed a body floating in the water," said Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek.

Dougherty County Police wouldn't let us go down by the river, but Albany Fire, Albany Police, Dougherty County Police and DNR officials worked together to bring the lifeless body to shore.

But the body wasn't found here at the boat dock, it was spotted by the fishermen about two miles south of there on the river.

Police say they believe the victim is 52-year-old Willie Haggins, a man reported missing to Albany Police Tuesday afternoon.

In the report, Willie Haggin's brother, Tommy Haggins, told police his brother had been missing from 1305 Mobile Avenue since last Friday.

Tonight, police broke the news to the family.

"We will work this as a crime scene simply because we don't know whether this is an accidental drowning or whether there is more to it than that," said Cheek.

Police say there is no apparent indication of foul play, but investigators will wait for autopsy results to make a final ruling.

In the missing person report Willie Haggins brother told police Willie left the house around noon Friday without letting anyone know where he was going. He says his brother has done that before, but usually comes back in a day or two.

The body will be sent to the Atlanta crime lab for an autopsy.


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