June 18, 2003
Cordele-- The body of a Cordele man who fell out of a boat Monday night has been found.
The body of 53-year-old Johnny Simmons was found floating near the train trestle at Lake Blackshear around seven Wednesday morning. Rescuers searched the Lake near Highway 280 for 36 hours.
Investigators think his death was accidental. Donnie Haralson says, "We will see what kind of scientific evidence we can gather and what the crime lab shows us, now that we have recovered the body it will be big help in us trying to figure out cause of death."
Simmons was in a boat with Tom Haines Monday evening. Haines told investigators Simmons fell overboard and he couldn't get him back into the boat. Simmons was a Vietnam Veteran who had previously had a stroke.
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