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By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

LAKE PARK, GA (WALB) –After a 16 day search, the body of a missing Lowndes County teenager was found Monday.

Searchers found 17-year old James Eunice in Ocean Pond around 8:15 Monday morning after a cadaver dog led them to him.

Eunice fell out of a boat while duck hunting January 15th.

The sad discovery of his body at least gives his family some closure.

James Eunice's body was found just below the surface near the middle of the larger two bodies of water that make up Ocean Pond.

 "We're rejoicing in the fact that we found him but we're also celebrating the life of James because James was a very remarkable man," said David Rogers, the Crosspointe Church pastor.

A cadaver dog from Nassau County, Florida picked up on a scent and alerted searchers. Investigators believe Eunice drowned.

"Just about every morning we put a cadaver dog in the boat and make the rounds in the lake just to see if maybe the cadaver dog would pick up a scent," said Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine.

They've used helicopters, dive teams, a jet ski, boats and sonar.

 "Volunteers have been out here everyday most the time all night," said Prine.

Eunice was stirring up ducks January 15, when he fell out of the boat. The search has gained a lot of concern from the community, even those who don't know the Eunice family have watched the search from a distance and prayed.

"We've come here everyday," said Vonceil Huggins,"Just sitting and watching, hoping and praying, they would find him."

The pastor says Eunice is still impacting lives and encouraging others by his Christian faith.

"People are encouraged by his walk with God and I know that's what the family is clinging to as they try to get through this," said Rogers.

That's how his family finds comfort in such a difficult time by knowing the difference he's made in the community.

James Eunice's funeral is scheduled for Saturday at Crosspointe Church in Valdosta.


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