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Update: Fla. man found dead in truck submerged in river in Bainbridge identified

BPS finds man decreased in river
BPS finds man decreased in river(Bainbridge Public Safety)
Updated: Apr. 2, 2021 at 11:03 AM EDT
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BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WALB) - A Florida man was found dead inside a truck submerged in a river on Thursday, according to Bainbridge Public Safety (BPS).

The agency said that around 8:20 a.m., BPS, along with Decatur County Fire and Rescue, Decatur-Grady EMS, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Natural Resources were dispatched to the Bainbridge Marina in reference to a truck partially submerged in the river.

The truck was located next to the island of land near the end of the boat ramp. When first responders arrived, they said the truck was almost completely covered in water.

After rescue efforts were made to reach the truck, a man was found dead inside. BPS said the man was identified as Jesse Fudge, Jr., 80. His cause of death has not been determined.

BPS investigators and Deputy Coroner Dewitt Phillips are handling the investigation.

UPDATE - Friday, April 2nd: Deputy Coroner DeWitt Phillips has identified the man who died as Jesse Fudge Jr., age 80,...

Posted by Bainbridge Public Safety on Thursday, April 1, 2021

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