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Missing Fitzgerald teen found

February 16, 2008

Telfair County -- The peace from the Ocmulgee River at Boney Ferry Landing has been long awaited by search crews that were tied to this bank for weeks.

"D.N.R., the sheriff's office in Telfair County, my department and other rescue agencies from surrounding counties; we have maintained a vigil for 14 days. And we are just glad we found him when we did and are just glad to bring it to a close," said Ben Hill County Sheriff, Bobby McLamore.

Sheriff McLamore discovered Thomas Spell's body about a half mile away from where about two-weeks ago the submerged vehicle he was believed to be in was found.

"On the way back up, I noticed a camouflage jacket over next to a limb. We pulled over to where it was, and it was Thomas Spell's," said McLamore.

Many believed this discovery would never happen. "Speculations have been mostly just rumors. And of course we checked out as many as we could," said McLamore.

And the condition of Thomas Spell's body also dispel any theories of foul play. "We didn't see anything to indicate it was anything other than an accidental drowning. The body has been taken to a crime lab. So a medical examiner could do an autopsy," said McLamore.

"It's an unfortunate accident. Our hearts and our prayers go out to the family. And we are just glad that we could bring closure to this event."

And now the Spell family can begin to take the steps to properly grieve instead of wonder about the loss of their family member.

It was Ben Hill Sheriff Bobby McLemore and C.ID Investigator Captain Jacob Longoria who found Thomas Spell's body at about 10:00 AM morning.

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