Spalding County Sheriff Wendell Beam said the body was found in a reservoir in Henry County, which is through the woods and across the county line behind the home of the missing man, Lory Christopher “Chris” Landers.
Beam said the body has been taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for identification.
“People have jumped the gun,” Beam said, in claiming that the body may be that of Landers. “We are awaiting positive identification.”
Beam doesn’t expect to get results from the crime lab until next week.
Because the body was found in Henry County, Beam said, the Henry County Police Department is investigating, but it remains a joint investigation with the Henry County Police Department and the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office working together. The Upper Towaliga, also known as the Ed L. Cole Reservoir, is one of several reservoirs owned by the Henry County Water and Sewerage Authority.
Landers, 33, of 200 W. Teamon Circle, was last seen on Saturday, at home wearing a gray tank top, light blue jeans and flip-flops. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 185 pounds, has green eyes and brown hair, and has a scar on his right eyebrow.
Investigators are still asking for anyone who has seen Landers to call the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office at 770-467-4282. Anyone who has contact with him is asked to have him contact his family members.