Update: Body found in missing Bainbridge boater search

Update: Body found in missing Bainbridge boater search

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WALB) - The search for a missing boater in Bainbridge ended Tuesday morning, according to Wiley Griffin, Decatur County sheriff.

Tim McLaughlin’s body was found near the entrance of Ten Mile Stilll Landing in Bainbridge, Griffin said.

The sheriff’s office said the body was found by one of the volunteer search boats.

The sheriff’s office said McLaughlin went missing Sunday. His boat was found Monday morning along the Flint River in Bainbridge.

The sheriff’s office said McLaughlin’s wife told them he had gone fishing Sunday afternoon.

A close friend of the family, Chris Kelley said there were so many people with boats and 4-wheelers over the past couple of days to help in the search for McLaughlin — a good, Godly man who loved his family.

McLaughlin family and friends say this is how they’re remembering him.

This tragedy is something Kelley, who didn’t want to go on camera, said they never expected as McLaughlin was an avid fisherman.

He said after McLaughlin didn’t return home Sunday afternoon, they camped out until Tuesday morning on Ten Mile Still Landing.

Joining family, church members and friends to search for him on the water and land until his body was found.

Family, friends and Griffin thanked the Department of Natural Resources, Decatur County Fire and Rescue, deputies, and the many volunteer boats for their efforts in the search.

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