TIFTON, Ga. (WALB) - An investigation is underway after a man was found dead in a Tifton pond Friday, according to Sheriff Gene Scarborough.
Antonieo Marshall, 30, of Tifton, was found dead in a pond on Willie Moore Road, according to Josh Hendrix, Tift County coroner.
“Nah, nah, as long as we can find out what actually happened, we just want some closure. As long as we find that out,” said Norbert Gaines, Marshall’s stepfather.
Marshall was reported missing the morning of Friday, August 22. His body was later found using a helicopter.
“He was very smart, he was very smart,” said Gaines.
Family and friends all came together to pay tribute to what they called a loving son, father and brother.
“When I get ready to leave he gone walk through the door, it just, its not right,” said his sister, Latasha Johnson.
The family says they are doing everything they can to stay strong in this difficult time.
“We are really feeling hurt right now. The whole family is really taking this very hard, but we are hanging in there,” Gaines said.
Many of his family spoke of what great memories and conversations they had with Antonio Marshall before getting the terrible news.
“He asked my Auntie, ‘do I have to love everybody?’ I said yes nephew, if you want to make it in you have to love everybody. So I truly believe he had found God and got to know God on a personal level,” said Marshall’s aunt, Natley Harris.
“He was like, ‘I am going for a walk and I’ll be right back.’ After that, I got this weird feeling so I got to calling and texting and nothing,” said Johnson.
Gaines said they want answers as to what exactly happened to Marshall.
“As far as all the investigations were telling us was that they are still investigating, they haven’t told us nothing really but they are still investigating,” explained Gaines.
The family said they want anyone in the community who may be able to help law enforcement to come forward.
“Either contact me or contact the police and let them know please,” pleaded Johnson.
Marshall left behind seven brothers and sisters and 10 children.
An autopsy was done, but the results are still pending, officials said.
The Tift County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are still investigating.
This is a developing story and we will update as more information becomes available.