2 Brooks Co. men found dead in pond

2 Brooks Co. men found dead in pond
(Source: WALB)
Sheriff Mike Dewey shows where the men were found. (Source: WALB)
Sheriff Mike Dewey shows where the men were found. (Source: WALB)

BROOKS CO., GA (WALB) - Officials with the Brooks County Sheriff's Office said that two men died Tuesday night.

Benny Wooten, 69, and Dew Bell Richardson, 79, were found in a pond on Reedy Creek Road.

Officials believe the men were fishing.

The call came in about 9 p.m.

This is a developing story, and we will update this story as more information becomes available.

UPDATE:

Sheriff Mike Dewey said the exact cause of death is unknown at this point, but believed to be accidental.

Dewey stated the call came in at 9:49 p.m from Benny Richardson's wife after the men had been gone fishing longer than usual.

When the search crew arrived to a pond on Reedy Creek Road, they found an overturned boat and one visible body in the water.

Brooks County officials removed the bodies from the water around 3 a.m.

Dewey said there were no signs of struggle.

"We called the department of natural resources, they sent rangers out here that specialize in water rescue and they were able to locate the other subject," said Dewey.

Dewey said that the boat was too small for both of the men.

Dewey stated that the capacity of the narrow boat was 325 lbs and the weight of the two men was around 400 lbs.

This case is still under investigation.

Richardson would have been turned 70 tomorrow.

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