The Sheriff of Ben Hill County confirms the body of a missing hot-air balloon pilot has been found.
The damaged balloon was spotted from around noon.
Sixty-three year old Edward Ristaino's body was found shortly afterward.
A fast-developing thunderstorm sucked in his balloon while he was ferrying skydivers on Friday, then sent the craft plummeting toward the ground. The skydivers parachuted to safety.
They credit Ristaino with finding them a field to safely jump into then telling them to get out of the balloon.
The uninhabited land is owned by a timber company, and leased to a hunting club.
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Saturday marks exactly six months since a third round of deadly tornadoes plowed through South Georgia, killing 16 people.
Loved ones of a murder victim begged for answers Sunday night at a candlelight vigil and balloon release in her honor.
A couple dozen people tried their hand at an exercise with a higher difficulty level out on the water at Chehaw Sunday.
Albany pups helped their owners create a special memory Sunday at The Clay Spot.
Lee County High School hosted a ribbon cutting to officially unveil the project that was years in the making.